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Ginjinha (Licor de Ginja)

Licor de Ginja d'Óbidos.
Licor de Ginja d'Óbidos

Ginjinha aka Licor de Ginja or ginja is a Portuguese cherry liquor made by infusing ginja berries (sour cherries) in aguardente. The latter is a strong alcoholic beverage with between 29 and 60% alcohol content found in both Portugal and Spain.

Sugar, water, and other ingredients such as cinnamon are then commonly added.

It is a common drink in the capital Lisbon, as well as Alcobaça, Óbidos, and the Algarve. Ginja from the Serra da Estrela around Covilhã has a protected designation of origin.


The drink originated in Lisbon in the 1840s with a Galician friar at the Church of Santo António.

The drink has been going ever since first at a tavaren in Rua das Portas de Santo Antão and since 1910 at A Ginjinha at Largo São Domingos 8, in Lisbon. It is now the mecca for ginja aficionados. The nearby Ginjinha Sem Rival at Rua das Portas de Santo Antão 7 began in 1890.

A Ginjinha - a Lisbon institution.
A Lisbon institution - A Ginjinha

Production Methods

In the variation pictured here, Licor de Ginja d'Óbidos, the production process begins in the region's cherries, where the fruit is harvested at the right stage of maturation. After a maceration process that lasts at least one year, the resulting liquor is extracted without resorting to artificial dyes or preservatives.

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Ginja bar in Lisbon.
Ginja bar in Lisbon
Licor de Ginja Curral from Madeira.
Licor de Ginja Curral from Madeira


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