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May 2, 2007 11:04 AM

Damiana... anybody tried it?

I had Damiana in Cabo over the weekend... very intriguing. Made from a local plant, its a supposed aphrodisiac that is even being bottled. It makes a good spirit and does seem to live up to its expectation.

What do you all think about it?

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  1. Bar at Rancho Leonero on the Baja CA. East Cape uses Damiana in their Margurita's - on top of triple sec, fresh squeezed lime juice and a silver tequila - a nearly additive cocktail. I found Damiana at BevMo, and happily recreate this at home...

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    1. re: jimtak

      Excellent! Do you know the price at BevMo?

      1. re: Eat_Nopal

        I think around 20 bucks. You could always browse to find out for yourself...

    2. Never had the liqueur itself but I do know that they use the diamiana flower in Agavero, and that is some tastety stuff.

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      1. I love Damiana.I have a bottle of that and the Agavero on hand.If you like Damiana, you will also enjoy 43 from Spain.It has a similar quality and is found all over Mexico, and in many bars here in the states.But, Damiana on the rocks is divine!

        1. I'm not fond of the flavor myself, but Damiana tea does apparently work as a libido booster, i.e., it won't cure physical problems, eliminate frigidity, or any of the things that reported aphrodisiacs *do*, but it can at times assist as a mood amplifier.

          Ymmv, whether it works as a liquer in that capacity, I am not 100% sure, but the comment "does seem to live up to its expectation" is a good turn of a phrase.

          I kept damiana liquer on my shelf for years, after about 15 I threw what remained out when I moved one time, iirc.

          Made me think of the old phrase, "candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker", I think willy wonka said that in the original Charlie and the Chocolate Factory movie.

          1. Just was given a bottle of Damiana (as well as half-gallon of pure vanilla) from my friend's trip to Cabo, Mexico.

            Anything else to do with Damiana 'sides a margarita (which I am not opposed to at all! Love margaritas!). I haven't opened to the bottle yet to smell/taste it.... similar at all to any other more common liquor?