Nahmias et Fils in Yonkers welcomed city officials to its distillery on Tuesday to give them a taste of Mahia, their traditional Moroccan spirit.
Mahia, a clear alcohol distilled from dried figs and flavored with anise seeds, is an eau de vie that was traditionally made by David Nahmias’ family in Taznakht, Morocco. Nahmias and his wife Dorit brew the spirit, along with a craft whiskey, in big stills at 201 Saw Mill River Road.
During the Great Recession, both David, a software engineer, and Dorit, a banking professional, changed careers and decided to revive the Nahmias distilling tradition.
The Nahmias’ mahia has a strong bite like grappa, with a distinctive aroma and flavor of the dried figs used in the fermentation. The digestif is traditionally flavored with anise like Greek ouzo, Lebanese arak and French pastis. Dorit Nahmias said they’ve lightened up the anise flavor to suit American tastes.
The Nahmias’ mahia is sold locally at Liquorfellers in Yonkers, Rochambeau Wines in Dobbs Ferry and Dylan’s Wine Cellar in Peekskill.