Friday, December 7, 2012

Día de las Velitas, La Quema del Diablo, Fire has many Uses, and The Saints and Sinners Cocktail

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Today in Columbia, South America they will celebrate Día de las Velitas or Day of the Little Candles. The tradition first started on December 8, 1854, when Catholics, while waiting upon a decision by Pope Pius IX whether to define as dogma the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary - lit candles and paper lanterns to show their support and belief in this idea.

In Columbia the tradition continues to this day, but now it is celebrated on December 7th, the eve of the Catholic holiday the Immaculate Conception, and marks the height of decorating in preparation of  Christmas.


Today in Guatemala, South America they will celebrate La Quema del Diablo or The Burning of the Devil. In anticipation of the holiday season, houses are cleaned out of dust, old newspapers and assorted rubbish that tends to gather (and makes a great hiding place for the Devil) and brought out into the yard and set fire to. Effigies of the Devil himself are burned as well to cleanse the household of evil.

Tonight, if viewed from space, the entire country of Guatemala will appear as if it is on fire.


Every Saint has a Past,
and Every Sinner has a Future
Oscar Wilde

The Historical Inebriant: Saints and Sinners* Cocktail


1 1⁄2 oz Demerara Rum,  El Dorado 5
1⁄2 oz Cognac,  Camus VS
1⁄2 oz Don's Mix**,  B.G. Reynolds
3⁄4 oz Grapefruit juice
2 ds Grapefruit bitters,  Bittermen's Hopped Grapefruit
Shake and strain into a cocktail glass. Grapefruit twist garnish.

*A more popular drink is the Sinners and Saints cocktail which we featured on our
February 10th post (funny post if you care to read) The St. Scholastica Day Riots.

**Don's Mix is a blend of two parts grapefruit juice and one part cinnamon infused simple syrup, invented in 1934 in Donn Beach, a.k.a. Don the Beachcomber for use in his Zombie Punch.



 No matter which side you are on tonight, stay thirsty my friends.

As always, have a great and safe weekend!

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