Garifuna is an Arawakan language spoken in Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, and Nicaragua by the Garifuna people. Their language is primarily derived from Arawak and Carib, with English, French, and Spanish to a lesser degree.
One interesting feature of Garifuna is a vocabulary split between terms used only by men and terms used only by women. This does not however affect the entire vocabulary but when it does, the terms used by men generally come from Carib and those used by women come from Arawak.
The Garifuna are descendants of Carib, Arawak, and West African people. The British colonial administration used the term Black Carib and Garifuna to distinguish them from Yellow and Red Carib, the Amerindian population that did not intermarry with Africans.
Guifiti belongs to the class of drinks known as ‘bitters’ which are made by steeping the herbal ingredients in alcohol.
Infamously, it is also laced with certain herbs and roots that aren’t quite legal – you won’t find a bottle in the shops although it is fairly ubiquitous along the Honduran Caribbean coast where the Garifuna people live.
The Garifuna brought the Guifiti Recipes from their homeland where they had co-existed with the indigenous Caribs, each family having its own particular way of making it and passing the method down the generations.
Garifuna Medicine of Love Recipe Guifiti?
- Palo de hombre
- Jicaco Negro
- Dead Man
- Rum (the cheaper the better, apparently)
Place small amounts of the herbs in the bottom of a rum bottle and let this sit in a dark place for 6 to 8 weeks. You will then have the Garifuna Medicine of Love medicine.
In Livingston Guatemala if you ask a Garifuna woman about Guifiti she will tell you 2 stories. The first she will tell you that if an old man drinks Guifiti it will help him have babies. If it is a young man she will tell you Guifiti will help him lay the pipe.
Guifiti is available at many Bars and Restaurants including Hotel Leddie in Livingston Guatemala. The Hotel which is famous for it Suicide Shower and Roberto’s Guifiti served up by Angela. The Livingston version of Guifiti is different or softer then the versions found in Honduras.
I can attest to the fact that Guifiti is the Garifuna Medicine of Love