Mauby
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Mauby and Dutch Caribbean islands of St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and Saba, is a tree bark-based beverage grown, and widely consumed, in the Caribbean
Caribbean
The Caribbean is a crescent-shaped group of islands more than 2,000 miles long separating the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, to the west and south, from the Atlantic Ocean, to the east and north...

. It is made with sugar and the bark and/or fruit of certain species in the Colubrina
Colubrina
Colubrina is a genus of about 30 species of flowering plants in the buckthorn family, Rhamnaceae, native to warm temperate to tropical regions of Africa, the Americas, southern Asia, northern Australia, and the Indian Ocean islands. Common names include nakedwood, snakewood, greenheart and hogplum...

 genus including Colubrina elliptica
Colubrina elliptica
Colubrina elliptica, Mabi or Soldierwood, is a species of flowering tree in the buckthorn family, Rhamnaceae, that is native to the Florida Keys, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and Venezuela.-Uses:...

 (also called behuco indio) and Colubrina arborescens, a small tree native to the northern Caribbean and south Florida
Florida
Florida is a state in the southeastern United States, located on the nation's Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 18,801,310 as measured by the 2010 census, it...

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Mauby and Dutch Caribbean islands of St. Eustatius, St. Maarten and Saba, is a tree bark-based beverage grown, and widely consumed, in the Caribbean
Caribbean
The Caribbean is a crescent-shaped group of islands more than 2,000 miles long separating the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, to the west and south, from the Atlantic Ocean, to the east and north...

. It is made with sugar and the bark and/or fruit of certain species in the Colubrina
Colubrina
Colubrina is a genus of about 30 species of flowering plants in the buckthorn family, Rhamnaceae, native to warm temperate to tropical regions of Africa, the Americas, southern Asia, northern Australia, and the Indian Ocean islands. Common names include nakedwood, snakewood, greenheart and hogplum...

 genus including Colubrina elliptica
Colubrina elliptica
Colubrina elliptica, Mabi or Soldierwood, is a species of flowering tree in the buckthorn family, Rhamnaceae, that is native to the Florida Keys, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and Venezuela.-Uses:...

 (also called behuco indio) and Colubrina arborescens, a small tree native to the northern Caribbean and south Florida
Florida
Florida is a state in the southeastern United States, located on the nation's Atlantic and Gulf coasts. It is bordered to the west by the Gulf of Mexico, to the north by Alabama and Georgia and to the east by the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of 18,801,310 as measured by the 2010 census, it...

. Recipes usually include other spices as well, aniseed being very common. Haiti and the Dominican Republic are two of the largest Caribbean exporters of the bark and leaves. Often the drink is fermented using a portion of the previous batch, while sometimes it is consumed unfermented. Mauby is often bought as a pre-made syrup and then mixed with water (sparkling or still) to the consumer's taste, but many still make it themselves at home. Its taste is initially sweet, somewhat like root beer
Root beer
Root beer is a carbonated, sweetened beverage, originally made using the root of a sassafras plant as the primary flavor. Root beer, popularized in North America, comes in two forms: alcoholic and soft drink. The historical root beer was analogous to small beer in that the process provided a drink...

, but changes to a prolonged, but not astringent bitter aftertaste
Aftertaste
Aftertaste is the taste intensity of a food or beverage that is perceived immediately after that food or beverage is removed from the mouth. The aftertastes of different foods and beverages can vary by intensity and over time, but the unifying feature of aftertaste is that it is perceived after a...

. To many, it is an acquired taste, and has been known to cause an initial laxative reaction unexpected to many first-time drinkers.

There are several varieties of commercially available Jamaican mauby or Dominican mabi: seybano There are two preparations of Mabi one is lighter in color and made from tree bark extract and white and brown sugar, while other is darker and made from both bark and fruit extract, with spices and brown sugar. Both are made with carbonated water.http://www.grupotaino.com/products.html. One can not be confused with Cacheo which is a different drink made of the juice of a endangered palm tree named also Cacheo (Pseudophenix vinifera)

Mauby Fizzz is a commercially produced and carbonated version of the drink produced in Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago officially the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago is an archipelagic state in the southern Caribbean, lying just off the coast of northeastern Venezuela and south of Grenada in the Lesser Antilles...

 from mauby bark. It is unfermented. A similar version is also produced in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island country in the Lesser Antilles chain, namely in the southern portion of the Windward Islands, which lie at the southern end of the eastern border of the Caribbean Sea where the latter meets the Atlantic Ocean....

called Hairoun Mauby.
Mabi is also the name of an ethnic group in Cameroon.
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