Ginja (otherwise known as Ginjinha) is an authentic and typical Portuguese liquor, usually served in a shot glass with a fruit at the bottom. A drink is enjoyed by everyone, all of different ages and backgrounds. It is a bursting and delicious mix of ginja (cherry) berries, alcohol and sugar, and your mouth is sure to erupt with sweet and refreshing flavors!
A brief history:
Originating from Lisbon in the 19th century, the drink was first commercialized by Espinheira after experimenting with various ingredients, mainly cherries, brandy, sugar and cinnamon.
According to the Portuguese, Ginjinha can cure any problem or ailment, from a broken leg to a broken heart! The recommended dose is 5 shots for a woman and 7 shots for a man. Then you will forget about all your problems!
The best Ginja bars to visit!
1. A Ginjinha Bar
Located on the corner of Rossio Square, this bar is always busy with a queue and unique buzz. Here, the shot costs 1.20 euros and is enjoyed both by tourists and local Portuguese people.
2. Ginjinha do Carmo
Just a minute from Rossio Square, you will find this hidden gem. This bar is located just under a set of stairs and is a fantastic ginjinha place. You can also taste it with a chocolat cup to make it even better! Next time you’re in Rossio, pop into this place!
3. Try an authentic experience!
These local vendors ferment and create their own ginjinha. Found in the cobbled streets of Alfama and Mouraria, this is something you cannot get at any shop. You will also get the chance to talk with them and learn how they experimented with different flavors in order to find the right one!
You will have the chance to visit All these places on our walking tours.
Come on one of our walking tours, taste and pop your ginjinha cherry today!
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