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Damiana... anybody tried it?

Eat_Nopal May 2, 2007 11:04 AM

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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    jimtak RE: Eat_Nopal May 2, 2007 11:23 AM

    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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      Eat_Nopal RE: jimtak May 2, 2007 12:04 PM

      Excellent! Do you know the price at BevMo?

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        JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: Eat_Nopal Jan 11, 2008 11:19 PM

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

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      Mr Lee Ho RE: Eat_Nopal May 2, 2007 06:16 PM

      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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      2. streetgourmetla RE: Eat_Nopal Jan 6, 2008 12:30 AM

        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!

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          fussycouple RE: Eat_Nopal Jan 7, 2008 04:22 AM

          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. Tehama RE: Eat_Nopal Mar 30, 2008 09:37 AM

            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?

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