You can buy DIY kits in gift shops, from street-side souvenir hawkers, and from many supermarkets, including the La Sirena national supermarket chain you're sure to find in any major city.
If you want to DIY your own Mama Juana:
1. Purchase a bottle of any special blend of Mama Juana herbs and roots.
DIY bottles start at 400-800 Dominican pesos depending on the size and quality . A small bottle shouldn’t set you back more than US $10.
2. Purchase 1 liter or more of select Dominican Rum like Brugal Añejo, or Barcelo Añejo, 1 bottle of wine (Vino Campeón or Vino La Fuerza), and 1 little bottle of honey.
For extra strength try using Brugal Extra Viejo or Barcelo Extra Viejo.
3. Mix 3/4 of Rum, 1/4 of wine, and just a shot or two of honey. Make sure you let it sit several days to let the herbs and spices infuse before you drink it.
The longer you leave it, the better and stronger the flavor.
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Both ready-to-drink and DIY-ready bottles make excellent souvenirs. It’s difficult to say which one is the better choice - on the other hand the DIY bottles are lighter in your luggage, and the herbs can be reused by topping up the liquid when it runs out. On the other hand, customs staff are generally much less likely to let dry herbs and vegetable matter come through than the same products infused in liquid. Plus the premade mixes guarantee an authentic flavor in the finished product.