Ginja, Ginginha, or Ginjinha is a traditional Portuguese Liquor made from alcohol, sugar and Ginja, a fruit quite similar to cherry.
This liquor is a sweet with a twist of cinnamon. Due to the amount of sugar your fingers will get very, very sticky (though we are sure that wont be a problem). Served in small glasses you have the option to taste it with or without the Ginja in your cup. Be beware that it can come with the seed.
The places where Ginginha is served are usually very small and people gather outside. This makes them a great place to let some time go by and appreciate Lisbon own rhythm and the “Alfacinhas”, that’s how Lisbon people are called.
There are no special time or occasion for a Ginjinha, you will find everyone just hanging outside, students from universities partying, older people discussing politics/soccer and other tourist.
There remain a few of these places particularly old, we leave recommendation by the end of this post, go on and find yourself a couple more and choose your personal favorite.
Where to find a Ginginha ?
Name: GINGINHA CIMA, LDA
Address: R. das Portas de Santo Antão 7, 1150 Lisboa
Contact: 00351 213 468 231
Street View – See where to taste the “Ginginha” (or Ginjinha)