Mauby is another popular drink hailing from the beautiful Caribbean islands. This beverage is incredibly refreshing with an acquired bittersweet taste but great for optimising good health and wellbeing.
maple syrup to tastecan agave nectar or another low GI sweetener
To make the mauby concentrate
Place the mauby bark, cinnamon sticks, aniseed, cloves, orange peel and water in a large saucepan.
Bring the pot to a boil then simmer on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.
Remove the saucepan from the stove, cover and leave to steep overnight.
To make the drink
The next day strain off the concentrated mauby into a bottle/mason jar.
To make a drink of mauby pour 1 cup of concentrated mauby into another jug, pour some water into the jug (start with 8 cups and adjust, adding more water if needed. At the same time sweeten until you strike a balance in taste that works for you.
To make a single glass on mauby use ¼ cup of the concentrate and add 2 cups of water or more and sweeten to taste.
There is no direct substitute for the mauby bark. If you are unable to source it then I'm afraid you won't be able to make the recipe (sorry).
How concentrated the overall drink is will be up to you. The more water you use the weaker the mauby and the less bitter it will be and vice versa.
Spices vary according to each island, some like to include bay leaves, angostura bitters, mixed/vanilla essence or bay leaves.
Once the concentrate is made, you will need to determine how much water/sweetener you will need to meet your tastebuds.
If you want your mauby unsweetened/bitter simply omit the use of sweetener. You may even want to add more water when making the concentrate and serve it as a tonic.
In terms of sweetener, I use unrefined maple syrup (which keeps blood sugar levels stable/low GI) as opposed to coconut sugar or another granulate sugar.
Keep the mauby (both drink and concentrate refrigerated) both should last for several days when.