Puerto Rican Moonshine Workshop

various corked bottles of preserved fruits

June 22
 – 12pm

Advanced ticket sales have ended. No walk-ins.

Puerto Rican Moonshine (pitorro) rum is a distilled spirit made from sugarcane molasses, and is an integral part of the island’s culture. Often much stronger than commercially produced rum, and made in hidden distilleries, pitorro is traditionally buried in coconuts in the ground and flavored with fruits such as raisins, dates, mangos, and pineapples.

Pitorro specialist Angel and Crystal Rivera will talk about the history of pitorro, including why the spirit is also known as lagrimas del monte (tears of the mountain) and why pitorro is the true Puerto Rican rum, while guests sample several flavored varieties of pitorro.  The history of pitorro will be followed by a one-of-a-kind moonshine workshop on how to flavor pitorro and will end with you taking home your own 750ml bottle of pitorro! With its rich tradition of personalized recipes, participants will learn to mix the coconut, almond, or coffee flavorings that give pitorro a smooth texture and delicious taste.  Let Angel and Crystal teach you these artisanal techniques.  And remember, this workshop will include tastings of pitorro and all participants will go home with their own bottle of pitorro flavored to their personal taste.

Angel and Crystal belong to Cultura Plenera, an organization dedicated to increasing awareness of Puerto Rican culture and performing arts, and are a father-daughter team that is also starting a family business, Puerto Rico Distillery, which will be located in Frederick County, and will feature classes and other community outreach events.