Guavaberry Drink and Jam

Guavaberry is a drink that arrived from the British West Indies with immigrants that settled in the D.R. It has become part of our culinary heritage.
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine Caribbean, Dominican
Keyword guavaberry
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Resting Time 7 days
Total Time 3 hours 9 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Clara Gonzalez


  • 2 cups guavaberries rinsed
  • 3 sticks cinammon
  • 12 cloves
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 1 cup sugar (granulated)
  • 2 qtz water (2 liters)

Si vas a hacer la bebida

  • 12.7 oz dark Dominican rum (375 ml)


First, let's make the jam

  • Place the guavaberries, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, sugar, and water into a pot.
  • Heat and simmer over low heat until the water has reduced, the berries are very soft and has turned into a jam with some liquid left (about an hour). Cooking time may vary, so keep an eye on it to prevent it from burning.
  • Remove the pot from the heat, and let it cool to room temperature. If you are just making the jam, remove the spices, and chill before serving as a dessert, or on bread if you're feeling adventurous. 

Si vas a hacer la bebida

  • Mix the jam (with all the spices) and the rum, and let it rest in the refrigerator for a week. Strain and serve chilled.


If you make the jam it will yield 4 servings, the drink will serve 8 shots.
Sorry we don't include nutrition facts, our database does not include guavaberry.