What to drink in Portugal or in any country defines the identity of its origin. Portugal has many different types of drinks, most of them always go in combination with the food. Wine goes with the meal, a liquor afterwards, a coffee with desert or a good port together with some cheese. Here below you will find Portuguese best known beverages for you to enjoy during your stay.
- Portugal´s wine – The Douro and Alentejo wine regions
Portugal is has many many regions. Its most famous ones are the Douro and the Alentejo wine. Most times, it is known as Alto Douro since it is located upstream from Porto. The Douro Valley region has 8 grape variety for red wine and 5 for the white wine, even though the majority of the wine produced here is red. Also a large portion of the grapes are transported to Porto, to make the port wine. the Douro Valley region has 8 grape variety for red wine and 5 for the white wine, even though the majority of the wine produced here is red. Also a large portion of the grapes are transported to Porto, to make the port wine.
Alentejo has a few dozen types of grape, and the Portuguese tend to blend the grapes while wine making. There are two types of soil, clay and schist. The region is known for the Talha wine, a way to make wine as the Romans did, two millennia ago. So, there is a big variety, from using the technique of two thousand years ago, or with very modern technology.
The Port wine is a symbol of the Portuguese culture. This fortified wine is only made in a suburb of Porto, just across the Douro river from Porto, called Vila Nova de Gaia, where the Atlantic Ocean´s breeze makes the perfect storage environment for the Port wine. There are two main Port wines, Ruby and Tawny. The main difference between the two is that the Ruby Port is stored in stainless steel tanks after fermentation, while the Tawny port is aged in wooden barrels only, for at least three years before bottling, giving the port a more profound taste of the oak barrels.
It is known as Ginja, a sour Portugal liquor made from cherries, sugar, aguardiente, and so much more. If you’re in Lisbon, then you need to try this great drink. In Obidos, it is commonly served in a shot glass made from chocolate. It has become a common practice as more vendors have adopted this method of serving Ginjinha. It is a tasty drink, and best taken after a meal. If you’re in Portugal and haven’t given this drink a try, you’re missing a lot.
- Licor de Medronho
Medronho is a healthy spirit, gotten from the Medronho tree, also called a strawberry tree. If you want to get the best of medronho, you need to buy directly from farmers and not from the supermarkets. Please note that very few farmers have the license for distillation, but the authorities tolerate them to keep this traditional specialty alive. Before you leave Portugal, ensure you have a taste of this drink before leaving. It is one of the best drinks out there.
Coffee is an intrinsic part of Portugal. That is not o say they drink a lot of it, but most people can drink from 2 to 5 cups in a day. It all depends on how much of a caffeine addict you are. The coffee is pretty great, and you might even start hunting for the recipe. Milky coffee is commonly taken in the morning, while espresso-style coffee is typical during the rest of the day.
In Portugal, there is a lot to eat and drink. Do not allow your stay in this part of the world to be a waste. Utilize it by exploring the most wondrous drinks possible in Portugal!