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Queimada

Typical Galician drink made of orujo, to which sugar, lemon peel and coffee grains are added. It is prepared in an earthenware dish; the person making it sets the alcohol aflame, while reciting an incantation calling the good spirits. Once the alcohol has been reduced by the flames, the drink is served in small earthenware cups to all the participants. The queimada which, according to some authors, originated in the 11th and 12th centuries, is a ritual which blends Arab -aguardiente, sugar- and Celtic elements -magic, incantations- and is usually offered after a large lunch or dinner.

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