Azores liqueurs: A tradition and a treat!
February 12, 2014
Many really cool and tropical fruits do well in the Azores’ mild climate: pineapples, figs, passion fruit, bananas, and blackberries. You get the idea. Out of this plethora of fruit came a wide mix of local liqueurs made from local fruit. There are many commercially made liqueurs today, but the best known is from Passion Fruit, Pineapple and Blackberry.
The “Mulher de Capote” factory on São Miguel is a family company whose liqueurs are made with 100% natural materials following old local recipes with the best fruits from the islands, carefully selected and aged in oak casks for up to two years.
On Pico liqueurs such as Angelica and fig are celebrated. As is their brandy.
How did this all start? The story goes that in the 19th century when the islands were isolated, and few goods come from the outside world, families would make liqueurs for the holidays. These were more than gifts, they were served to friends and family, in what became known as the Mijinhas - roughly translated “little piss.” The tradition, found nowhere else in the country, was that an invitation to the "Mijinha of the Christ Child " would draw relatives, friends and neighbors to each other's homes and share a drink or two, and the table was always set with figs, raisins, cookies and cakes and people gathered and hung out, talked and laughed.
So, if you are in Ribeira Grande on S. Miguel – stop by the "Mulher de Capote" for a tour and a tasting – it will be just like old times!
Can I order some of these Liquors made in the Azores?
Posted by: Sandra | September 13, 2017 at 10:56 PM
Posted by: Joao Rabo | September 14, 2017 at 08:50 AM
My dad was in the Air Force (US), during the Vietnam War and spent some time in the Azores back then. In his time there he thoroughly enjoyed what I believe was an orange liquor with the name Isbella. I've not been able to find anything about this (let alone a bottle for him), and would love any insight you might have or be aware of!
Posted by: Mitch T | August 01, 2021 at 12:40 AM