Mahia (drink)

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ماء حياة מאחיה
Mahia meknesiah.jpg
Country of originMorocco
Region of originMaghreb
IngredientsDates or figs
Related productsBoukha

Mahia (Arabic: ماء حياة‎, Hebrew: מאחיה‎, literally water of life) is a Moroccan Jewish alcoholic beverage distilled from dates.[1][2] It is also sometimes prepared with figs.[3][4]


Mahia (ماء الحياة) is a traditional Moroccan Jewish brandy distillates from fruits such as jujubes, figs, dates, grapes, and flavored with anise. Its name literally means "eau de vie" in Arabic. Originally from Morocco, it was historically produced by the Moroccan Jews before they emigrated in the second half of the 20th century. Mahia can be enjoyed as a digestif or used as a base for cocktails: it goes very well with pomegranate juice, rose water; ginger syrup or mango juice for example. It can also be infused with fennel leaves, to enhance its aniseed scent. Today, mahia very often designates adulterated alcohol in Morocco sold informally and consumed in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Even in present-day Morocco it is still traditionally associated with Morocco's Jewish community.[1][5]

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  1. ^ a b Embiricos, George (2016-08-10). "What Is Mahia?". Food Republic. Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  2. ^ "Mahia on the Market: On the History of a Moroccan Jewish Commodity". Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  3. ^ ""نحماس".. قصة "ماحيا" مغربية غزت 10 ولايات أمريكية". تيل كيل عربي (in Arabic). Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  4. ^ ""مرنيكا"…"ويسكي" الفقراء". جريدة الصباح (in Arabic). Retrieved 2019-10-29.
  5. ^ "Sous le figiuer alcool". Jerusalem Post (en Francais). Archived from the original on |archive-url= requires |archive-date= (help). Retrieved 17 March 2020.