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Ginja

A typical liqueur from the region of Obidos, Lisbon & Alcobaca in Portugal

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The sweet taste of romance

  • Oct 1, 2009
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Sometimes, out of nowhere, a small incident, a tiny town, a far away places surprised you beyond what you are capable of believing. It is on a day tour from Lisbon while passing by the little town of Obidos that we experienced the sweetness of a surprising find. This is where we met Ginja of Obidos. This sweet wine or liqueur is made by infusing ginja berries (sour cherries) in alcohol with added sugar and other ingredients.


We were served Ginja in a tiny edible chocolate cup. As you can see from the picture of Ginja, cherries come with the wine and that reminds me of another wine of Japan, the Umeshu. This fruity liqueur taste is quite distinctive and can only simply be termed as sweet like Port is. I do like sweet wines, so Ginja is just my kind of wine. I especially had fun with the cherries. A wine as sweet and comes with fruits, what other better way but to think it like that of a romance? :)
The sweet taste of romance

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March 10, 2010
I love reading about something I have never tried! Nice Review Sharrie!
 
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Quick Tip by . March 05, 2010
A unique dessert wine only available in Portugal. One of the best. I love it!
Quick Tip by . October 01, 2009
It's a dessert wine, sweet with its own distinctive taste. The best ones come from small city of Obidos. Great stuff!
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I'm a traveler at heart & have been nicknamed Travel Queen by friends & colleagues alike. Traveling has been my life passion for the last decade or so. As we enter a new decade, I'm excited … more
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Ginjinha or simply Ginja, is a liqueur made by infusing ginja berries, (sour cherry, the Morello cherry) in alcohol (aguardente is used) and adding sugar together with other ingredients. Ginjinha is served in a shot form with a piece of the fruit in the bottom of the cup. It is a favourite liqueur of many Portuguese and a typical drink in Lisbon, Alcobaça and Óbidos. 
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