“Com elas ou sem elas?” with or without, asked the waiter as we got to the front of the line at “A Ginjinha,” a small bar in Lisbon’s Largo of São Domingos. “With” we answered. He nodded with approval, picking up a bottle with a cherry infusion to pour the liquid into a small glass, deftly lifting a wood stopper to let a single cherry go by.
The bar’s specialty is a delicious liqueur called “ginjinha” made of sour cherries. It is produced in the nearby village of Arruda dos Vinhos and bottled under the brand Espinheira. The name is a tribute to Francisco Espinheira, the monk who, according to legend, had the brilliant idea of macerating sour cherries (ginjas) in brandy, sugar, and cinnamon.
A Galician entrepreneur opened the bar in 1840 to serve ginjinha to the public. Five generations later, the bar still belongs to his family.
Fernando Pessoa, the great poet, was a regular customer at A Ginjinha. What a privilege it is to drink from the same source of inspiration!
A Ginjinha is located on Largo de São Domingos, 8, Lisbon.
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can’t wait to try it!!!!
It is delicious!
Been there and drunk that!
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Ginginha, uma delícia! 🙂
Boa publicidade a Portugal e à nossa Lisboa!
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That sounds delicious!
I love it!! As you may noticed the name of my blog is chocolate & ginger 😉 I haven’t been to this place, is this not a thing for tourists ? Or do local people go there? I love a little ginja shop in Alfama, very small, I was there in December last year.
Excellent blog name! A Ginjinha
is an iconic place in Lisbon. Their ginjinha is very good.
Cheers! “with”, please! 🙂 Great post!
I loved ginjinha when I was in Lisbon, unfortunately discovered it on our last night. 😦
You can always come back!
Haha I will that’s for sure. Heating up my Portuguese first though. 😉
Now you’re talking: gin for the jiins. Salud!
Thiss was great to read