tequila Information source for tequila and related products
Bookmark and Share

Damiana - An Exotic Liqueur

A light sweet liqueur made with the aromatic damiana herb that grows wild in Baja California, Mexico

Damiana - An Exotic Liqueur
Sabrina Lear unmasks the herbal tonic and offers up a
stimulating damiana margarita recipe.

A short shrub-like bush with vibrant green serrated leaves and small yellow flowers, damiana (Turnera diffusa) grows in the Sonoran Desert, northern South America and the Caribbean. It’s said that damiana has magical qualities—Viagra au natural without the side effects. Medically, it is considered a mild nerve tonic, somewhat cathartic, and is claimed to be valuable in the treatment of impotence and hormonal imbalance. Soothing damiana is brewed as a tea, used as an ingredient in lust potions and spells, is smoked by some, and burned to produce visions.

But what about the alcoholic version? Here on the Southern Baja California Peninsula where damiana grows wild, homemade liqueur is made on ranches, and a small batch brand, Calida Fornax (hot furnace in Latin, once thought to be the origin of the name California), is produced locally in La Paz by Productos D’Alphim.

Less sugary and without any artificial coloring or flavor, its taste and smell is much closer to sprigs of fresh damiana than the mass-produced liqueur best known for its zaftig fertility goddess bottle. Alone, the liqueur has a mellow, somewhat fresh woody taste. For an exotic take on the classic margarita cocktail, try substituting damiana for orange liqueur. As for whether or not damiana will fire up your love life, well, that’s between the two of you and a bottle of Calida Fornax.—S.L.

Damiana Margarita
2 oz 100% blue agave tequila
1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1-1/2 oz Damiana liqueur
Combine and shake with ice for 30 seconds then strain into a salt-rimmed (optional) martini glass garnished with a lime slice.

Source: Los Cabos Magazine - Issue #11 - Winter 2007 - By Sabrina Lear
calida fornax damiana liqueur - baja california sur

Damiana Liqueur is a light sweet liqueur made with the aromatic damiana herb that grows wild in Baja California, Mexico. The Damiana Margarita is very popular in the Los Cabos area of Mexico.

The bottle on the right, Guaycura Liqueur de Damiana, is shaped like a pregnant woman and is modeled after the Incan God of Fertility.

30% Alcohol by Volume. Imported by: Damiana Importing, Inc.
3535 Westheimer Rd., Suite 225, Houston, Texas 77027

Guaycura Liqueur de Damiana - www.damiana.net - recipes, where to buy,
history, etc. E-mail: info@damiana.net

There are other producers of damiana liqueurs.
guaycura damiana liqueur - mexican drink

Damiana - the Herb - A short shrub-like bush with vibrant green serrated leaves and small yellow flowers, damiana (Turnera diffusa) grows in the Sonoran Desert, northern South America and the Caribbean.


Cabo San Lucas, Baja California Sur, Mexico - Last Revision - 15 February 2009 - jat
Damiana - An Exotic Liqueur