When Catalan sailors arrived in the West Indies they discovered a lot of customs that they really liked. One of them that made its mark among the sailors and that they brought back to the Empordà was the 'havaneres' (A Catalan version of typical Cuban songs). These songs are somewhat melancholy but the lyrics are full of naivety and feeling.
The sailors spent their evenings listening to "havaneres" songs, while sipping a fine glass of burnt rum. The sailors found the delight of rum there, obtained from distilling sugar cane, which the West Indians made with a great deal of wisdom.
In the 'havaneres' songs- along with the traditional songs brought from the West Indies- sailors songs from our homeland are mixed with new "havaneres", composed by contemporary masters with Catalan lyrics.
This has meant that 'havaneres' have gone beyond the sailors' setting of the Costa Brava to have now become popular everywhere, thoroughly enjoyed by an unconditional and enthusiastic public.
The West Indian rum that arrived in Catalonia in the middle of the 17th century was a wonderful ambassador for the Americas and was welcomed in most households in the country.
It was so popular that Pujol rum began to be produced in 1818 and its success was really remarkable.

One curious fact in the history of Pujol rum is that 'ratafia' or Rum was exported... even to the West Indies! Thus giving prestige to this brand.
Here at home we drank and we still drink it from a brandy glass or mixed with coffee (the popular 'carajillo', a word of unknown origin) and, especially, as a good "cremat" (rum flambé), because the flavour of Pujol rum is the most suitable for making a rum flambé with the aromatic qualities and the flavour everyone expects it to have.
Needless to say there are as many "good recipes for making rum flambé" as there are people who enjoy it. Every sailor from the coast has a secret recipe up his sleeve and thinks that his recipe makes the best tasting rum flambé.
Taking into account that the ingredients used to make Rum Pujol are a good mixture of cane liquors, neither liquors for aromatization nor too much cinnamon need to be added to the rum flambé.
We are absolutely sure you will find these two recipes for rum flambé very easy and the result will be extremely tasty.


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