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Portuguese Ginjinha

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Ginjinha, or Ginja for short, is a liqueur made from an infusion of sour cherries, also called ginja berries. After a friend from Lisbon introduced us to this delicious concoction, we waited almost a year Pacific Northwest cherries to be in season so we could try to make our own. Our recipe for this liqueur is spiced with cinnamon and cloves to add a spicy, aromatic bite.

Traditionally served in shot glasses for a slow sip with a tart cherry garnish, Ginjinha is also a great ingredient in other cocktails. Try using some in a batch of sangria, or add a bit to your Manhattan for a sweet and spicy twist. As soon as we tried it, Ginjinha quickly became a bar cart staple for its versatility and unique flavor.

Portuguese Ginjinha


 3 Comments

  1. Shuen says:

    I just made some Ginjinha this year after Covid stop us from traveling to Lisboa. Miss the Ginja there!

  2. gloria churchill says:

    It’s best served in small chocolate cups. Love it. Can’t wait to try making it.

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