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Queimada is an alcoholic beverage of Galician tradition, also known as a "fire drink".

Queimada is a punch made from Galician aguardente (Orujo Gallego) - a spirit distilled from wine and flavored with special herbs or coffee, plus sugar, lemon peel, coffee beans and cinnamon.

Typically, while preparing the punch a spell or incantation is recited, so that special powers are conferred to the queimada and those drinking it. Then the queimada is set alight, and slowly burns as more brandy is added.

Queimada was initially prepared by groups of Galician emigrants in places like Madrid, typically after fellowship lunches and other group events. This was accompanied by theatrical revivals of old beliefs such as the reading of spells written ad-hoc to keep witches away.

Tito Freire designed in 1955 the clay pot in which Queimada is usually prepared and the spell that is recited nowadays was written by Mariano Marcos Abalo in the 1960s. Queimada is now part of the Galician tradition and considered as a sign of Galician identity.

This relatively strong and warm drink represents the perfect choice for an outdoor Halloween or winter party.

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References

Queimada (drink), en.wikipedia.org

Queimada Recipe - Fire Drink of Galicia, spanishfood.about.com

Queimada, www.bestspanishrecipes.co.uk