A Ginjinha, Lisbon

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Ginjinha or simply Ginja, is a liqueur made by infusing ginja berries, (sour cherry) (Prunus cerasus austera, the Morello cherry) in alcohol (aguardente is used) and adding sugar together with other ingredients. Ginjinha is served in a shot form with a piece of the fruit in the bottom of the cup. It is a favourite liqueur of many Portuguese and a typical drink in Lisbon, Alcobaça and Óbidos. Other regions produce ginja with protected designation of origin, for example the Ginja Serra da Estrela.

The Ginjinha of the Praça de São Domingos in Lisbon was the first establishment in that city to commercialize the drink that gives its name to it. A friar of the Church of Santo António, Francisco Espinheira, had the experience of leaving ginja berries in aguardente (the Portuguese brandy), adding sugar, water and cinnamon. The success was immediate and Ginginha became the typical drink of Lisbon. In the 2000s, the business was in the hands of the fifth generation. Currently, "the Ginjinha" is an exporter for the market in the United States. The production of Ginjinha reached over 150 thousand liters per year. In many places of Portugal, especially in the Lisbon and Oeste regions, there are several producers of this traditional liqueur. In Óbidos, Ginjinha is commonly served in a small edible chocolate cups.

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  • The guide suggested we make a stop at this old-time locale to enjoy the Ginjinha is a leap into the past as the locale still seems well anchored in the past. To try
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  • Well, this is the one of the best place where you should never miss to visit. If you are looking for variety of historical wines, you shall catch up here. I really appreciate the taste. :)
  • First night in Lisbon, rain pelting down (unseasonably) and tired from travel. My daughter took me to this place. A couple of shots warmed me very nicely. Whether or not you like the drink is a matter of personal taste. I do, my daughter does, my wife was not so keen on the bottle I brought back to England (so guess it's just for me). The place is tiny, but to my visitor's eyes delightful. To those reviewers who think it costs too much--- really? Less than €2 for a shot? Sure, there's cheaper booze in Lisbon, and plenty that's dearer. But a bit of relatevely small change for 10 mins of pleasure ain't going to break the bank. This little gem isn't somewhere for a big session. It's for a few minutes' calm in the day's bustle and in my humble opinion offers this rather nicely.
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