Queimada is a traditional Galician alcoholic beverage usually prepare at the end of gatherings and celebrations. It is thought to have curative properties and, after reciting the incantation or spell (while preparing the punch), it is also said to protect those who drink it against curses and evil spells and keep the spirits and other evil beings away.
The basic ingredients to prepare queimada are aguardiente (eau-de-vie), sugar, coffee beans and lemon peel. Also, some people add fruit (such as apple and orange wedges) and cinnamon, but the basic recipe is the following:
0.25 gal orujo (eau-de-vie)/a grape based spirit if orujo is not available
⅔ cup sugar
1 lemon peel, cut into strips
¼ cup whole coffee beans
1 large clay pot/fireproof bowl, sealed of glazed on the interior
1 very long-handled wooden ladle or spoon (never use plastic), to stir the brew while burning
Makes 8 servings
- Place the large clay pot on a fireproof surface, such as a barbecue grill.
- Pour approximately 4 tablespoon of orujo and 1 tablespoon of sugar into a glass and mix well until sugar dissolves. Set aside.
- Into the clay pot, pour the remaining orujo and sugar.
- Wash the lemon and peel it into long strips (yellow art only).
- Add the lemon peel to the pot.
- Toss in the coffee beans and stir.
- Pour the mixture of orujo and sugar (set aside previously) into the ladle.
- Then, carefully, light the ladle on fire and move it to the clay pot until the liquid in the pot catches fire.
- Stir continuously and let the flames turn blue. This is when you should start to recite the incantation, if you are going to.
- Keep stirring until the flames of the punch extinguish by themselves. Also, you could slide alid over the pot to put out the flames, but if you let the queimada extinguish itself, it will have less alcohol and it will be sweeter.
- Serve hot with the ladle in glasses that support a hot temperature. If you are using a special clay pot for queimada, you will probably have small clay cups too, which are perfect for this beverage.
Here you have the spell or incantation that is usually recited while making queimada:
|Mouchos, coruxas, sapos e bruxas.
Demos, trasgos e diaños,
espritos das nevoadas veigas.
Corvos, píntegas e meigas,
feitizos das menciñeiras.
Podres cañotas furadas,
fogar dos vermes e alimañas.
Lume das santas Compañas.
Mal de ollo, negros meigallos,
cheiro dos mortos, tronos e raios.
Ouveo do can, pregón da morte;
Con este fol, levantarei as chamas deste lume
¡Oíde, oíde! os ruxidos que dan as que
Forzas do Ar, Terra, Mar e Lume,
|Owls, barn owls, toads and witches.
Demonds, goblins and devils,
spirits of the misty meadows.
Crows, salamanders and sorceresses,
spells of the witch doctors.
Rotten, hole-ridden canes,
home of worms and vermin.
Fire of the souls in torment, the evil eye,
black spells, the smell of the dead, thunder and lightning.
Howl of the dog, omen of death;
With these bellows I will raise
Hear, hear! the howls of those who burn in the “aguardiente”
Forces of Air, Earth, Sea and Fire,