In Barbados and elsewhere in the West Indies, mauby is a bitter-sweet frothy drink made from an extract of the bark of trees or shrubs of the buckthorn family. Mauby girls dispensing it from a container carried on their head were once a common sight in the streets of Bridgetown. The word mauby, first recorded as long ago as 1790, in J. B. Moreton's Manners and Customs of the West India Islands (‘Cool drink or mauby is a delicious nectar to them in the morning’), seems to have been taken over from the name of a drink made from the sweet potato (mabi meant ‘sweet potato’ in the local Carib language).
Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.