Guifiti: Garifuna’s Medicine of Love Recipe?

Garinagu (Zambos) celebrating in Guatemala.
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Guifiti: Garifuna’s Medicine of Love Recipe?

While in Guatemala or Honduras you will find in the smaller local bars particularly in Garifuna areas their drink Gifiti. You will find very little on-line about this drink even a recipe as each area has there own secret one handed down for generations.

Guifiti is a mixture of alcohol soaked in various roots and herbs. It is said to have healing and potency powers. Its ingredients are as follows:
– Most any type of alcohol rum is the best
– Garlic- a natural immune system booster
Allspice– a blood tonic
– Jicaco Negro- the roots of this black nut-bearing tree is used for calming the nervous system.
– Big Man- a mahogany-colored root found in the bush
Dead Man– a root used to enhance sexual drive.
Cloves- for flavoring

You let this mixture cure for a few weeks in the bottle sealed.

My first experience of drinking Guifiti was in Livingston Guatemala a number of years ago. My good friend Philipe who is Garifuna, owned a restaurant on the main street of Livingston Guatemala. A place of endless beauty and time standing still. Caribbean Beach on one side and the Rio Dulce River on the other site of town. About a 5 minute walk.

Philipe is a ladies man each day I would take a drink with him and watch as women one after another came to have a meeting with Philipe. Each day I would have a small glass of Philipe Guifiti.

Then head for the cool afternoon breezes on the Caribbean site of Livingston. Along the way I would stop and pick up a flask of Guifiti from another small bar before the beach head. Then sit and watch the waves and enjoy my drink.

It is said that Gifiti helps your man side become aroused?

Today the Garifuna live primarily in Central America. They live along the Caribbean Coast in Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras including the mainland, and on the island of Roatán. There are also diaspora communities of Garinagu in the United States, particularly in Los Angeles, Miami, New York and other major cities.


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