Mama Juana

This 30-percent ABV Dominican mashup, a staple for centuries, is made of rum, red wine, and honey that is mixed with tree bark, sticks, and various herbs and then aged in bottles or casks. Like so many other spirits, it's purported to have medicinal and/or aphrodisiacal qualities. (And despite the temptation to attribute its name to a cousin Mary reference, it actually comes from a corruption of the demijohn bottles used to brew it.) The flavor is sweet with hints of wood and herbs and it can be sipped neat or seamlessly added to the ingredients of a mojito or Bloody Mary. [$15 for 750ml;]