A PORTUGUESE TRADITION LOVED BY All
Life is worth celebrating and we all deserve to treat ourselves and our loved ones – not just on birthdays, celebrations and holidays.
Ginja9, the Portuguese sour cherry liqueur that has delighted for generations in Portugal is now available in the U.S. marketplace as part of that celebration. The name derives from “ginja”, the Portuguese word for “sour cherry”, and the number 9, which represents love, eternity and peace according to numerology.
This traditional cordial dates back to an early 17th century, a recipe created by Galician monks who infused sour cherries in alcohol for 12 months, and lightly sweetened it with sugar. This concoction was an immediate success and recipes have been passed on through generations as home recipes.
Centuries later, the liqueur became commercially available in Portugal, where it has been served as a treasured national spirit.
To further heighten the sipping experience, it has become popular to drink this cherry cordial out of chocolate cups, which is the best way to catch every last ambrosial drop of liqueur.
In Lisbon and other parts of Portugal, ginjinha in a chocolate cup has become an everyday treat that is served in its charming cafés and shops to end a meal or as an afternoon treat. As tourism has soared in Portugal, visitors from other countries have been searching to replicate that experience at home.
That’s why we’ve worked with Earth Delicacies to import fine Belgian dark chocolate cups to pair with Ginja9, sold with the liqueur in a value pack and also separately.
Ginja9, a 92-point winner at the Ultimate Spirits Challenge and 91 points at the Wine Enthusiast, is 100% natural with no added colors or preservatives. It is made from sour cherries (also known as morello cherries) that are grown in orchards that contain over 20,000 trees owned by our producer.
They only one in Portugal using 100% national ginjas, that allows us to maintain the highest quality fruit and consistent unique flavor.
Real people make this liqueur from field to bottle, with every last detail done by hand.
CHEERS TO LIFE
Are hosts planning a party such as a wedding, shower or special birthday? Ginja9 and chocolate cups is the perfect serve to end it (or keep the celebration going) on a sweet note, and it also makes the perfect host/hostess gift in place of wine. However, at a value-driven wholesale cost, it’s not just a one-trick pony that gathers dust on the shelf.
Customers will pleased to discover that Ginja9 is also a versatile, year-round spirit that is delicious served on the rocks or with a splash of soda or tonic as an aperitif, and mixes well in a variety of cocktails. One of our favorites is the G9 Mojito, a variation that adds a cherry zing to the classic rum, lime and mint cocktail.
It can also dress up a stirred cocktail like a Manhattan variation or Old Fashioned with its refreshing cherry taste.
Add light to a rainy forecast, add appreciation for a sunny one, add a reward for a tough day, for a special toast, for a special someone, or just because – Ginja9 and chocolate – cheers to life!