Mauby is a type of tea or syrup made on many Caribbean islands that has a distinct flavor. It can also be spelled mabi, maby, or mavi and tends to have a very bitter aftertaste. People who love the drink say the taste is an acquired one, but still quite refreshing.
It’s by far one of the most popular beverages in Trinidad and tobago, attesting that many people acquired a liking for the drink during childhood. On the other hand, many visitors to Trinidad also quickly become fans as well. It is not unusual for a Trini to offer Mauby when visiting as it is a drink made and kept in almost everyone's fridge year round.
Mauby is made by boiling a specific buckthorn bark, Colubrina elliptica, with sugar and a variety of spices. In looking at individual recipes on how people make mauby, you will note spices and flavourings vary exceedingly. Cinnamon is usually included, but then the drink flavouring diverges according to recipe. Some people add cloves, anise, vanilla extract, or cola flavoring. Many suggest you must add ANGOSTURA BITTERS, which helps to balance out the bitter aftertaste.