“Ginjinha” is a liquor made from sour cherries called “ginjas.” It is produced in various locations, including Alcobaça, Bombarral, and Caldas da Rainha. But the most famous ginjinha comes from Óbidos, a region where the Romans planted cherry trees.
There are several producers, including FrutÓbidos, Oppidum (the Latin name for Óbidos), and Ibn Errik Rex (the Arab name for the first king of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques). Each producer has its proprietary, carefully guarded, secret recipe.
You won’t be surprised, dear reader, to know that we have our own secret ginjinha recipe. Rumor has it that our ginjinha is made only from ginjas harvested during the new moon and that it uses dew collected at dawn from the petals of wild flowers. We are neither confirming nor denying.
4 thoughts on “Ginjinha”
So glad I brought some home with me this summer. A taste of Portugal! (Along with the Port and Tonic that has become a favorite.)
As for the Belgian Cherry-Jenever ( basicly you can say it’s Belgian Aquardente with cherry’s)… most of the cherry’s are imported from former East-European countries in order to keep-up with the demand. The time only local cultivated fruits are used is long gone… This being said…I still enjoy it each time I take a walk inside Obidos.
Our ginjinha is completely local from the cherries to the brandy.