Damiana Liqueur is a light herbal-based liqueur from Mexico. It’s made with the damiana herb that grows in Baja California, Mexico. It has great mixability and tastes great as a shooter. The Damiana bottle is shaped like a pregnant woman and is modeled after the Incan God of Fertility.
The Damiana herb has an ancient reputation going all the way back to the Mayans, due to its aphrodisiac properties.
The Damiana Margarita is very popular in the Los Cabos area of Mexico and Mexican margarita folklore says that the very first margarita ever made contained Damiana Liqueur.
Damiana Liqueur is made by soaking dried damiana leaves in alcohol for five days. After the soaking period, extracts and flavourings, such as vanilla, orange zest, honey, almond and chocolate syrup, are added.
Damiana liqueur originated in Mayan Mexico. The Mayans would dry and age the roots and leaves of the flowering shrub in an alcohol-based liquid, creating the primitive version of the liqueur. Today, the producer of the liqueur recommends using damiana in margaritas, mojitos and palomas. To this day Damiana liqueur maintains the strong aromatic scent of the damiana flower.
The damiana plant has several purported medical benefits. According to “Prescription for Natural Healing,” the damiana plant has an “aphrodisiac quality that you can use to enhance both male and female libido”. Additionally, according to “Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine,” damiana can “treat anxiety, the common cold, nausea and menopause”.