The Fire Drink
November 29, 2010
The benefits of living with a true Spaniard include learning about the history, norms, traditional foods, etc. Lucky for us, we were able to try out the “Queimada.” It’s an ancient alcoholic drink made in a ceramic bowl and put under fire.
The recipe comes from Galicia, Spain. Ingredients include: orujo (strong liqueur), sugar, lemon rinds, coffee beans, and cinnamon sticks.
The tradition is, ” as the alcohol in the queimada burns, [a spell] is recited in Gallego, the language of Galicia. It is a call to the earth, wind, sea and fire to purify the drink and share it with souls of family and friends who cannot be here to enjoy the queimada.”
“La Casa Fria Fiesta” turned out to be another one of our successful flat parties. Hopefully there will be one more before the holidays.
People were hesitant to try this foreign, hot drink. Especially after seeing it on fire for 10 minutes. But after blowing off the steam, the entire bowl was gulped down. It tastes like a Christmas drink. Thank you, cinammon. It’s sweet. “I’m not too sure if I like it,” was the common consensus.
This is the closest I’ve ever been to witchcraft. I put a spell on you and now you’re mine!