The queimada is an alcoholic beverage, made with aguardiente and sugar, to which is added citrus rind and some coffee beans that aren’t grinded.
The queimadais not only a symbol of gastronomy, but of the traditions of Galicia. The origins of the drink are paralel to the introduction of the Arab alambique in the middle times, and forms part of a mysterious pagan tradition, that converts the ingredients in a magic potion. Intervening with spells, souls in pain, and witch doctors that form a circle in the dark around the mud pie plate, searching for the salvation of the souls whilst stirring a conception that appalled the most evil of spirits. In addition to the legends that accompany these drink, it was also used as medicine in rural areas.
Only many years after the queimada was extended as a drink to parties and festivities, being prepared as part of the show. The ritual of la queimada and its spell was extended to reunions and feasts.
Traditionally the spell was improvised by who ever prepared the drink. The one that today is more extended isn’t as ancient; 1967 Mariano Marcos Abalo, Vigo.