Lágrima (Teardrop) is a drink from
Coimbra, a city which has been declared by UNESCO as World Heritage in June 22, 2013. More than a liqueur it is a teardrop
Lágrima’s manufacture reuses the prescription
and the ancestral methods of the monasteries of this region, without the addition of chemicals in its composition. This liqueur , or better, this teardrop, looks for a contemporary positioning with a harmonious arrangement of flavors and aromas of herbs and
spices, combined with the aroma of four types of fruit.
Fruit has an important role in Portuguese table and in economy since the Middle Ages. Only a few types of fruit were unknown in
Portugal during the Middle Ages. Even bitter orange was known at the time - although nowadays its production decreased - and, combined with lime, it was applied for seasoning. Usually, fruits served with wine as a refreshment or with a light meal, especially
at night. The expression "wine and fruits" was widespread. Made of orange was also the famous "orange blossom water" used not only for seasoning but also as a perfume.
D'a Rainha (The Queen’s teardrop) is the perfect example of Inês de Castro’s perfume bottle. Lágrima D'o Rei (The King’s Teardrop) of 22 alc/vol, is a limpid and clear beverage, with spicy and mild flavor, perfect for savoring
pure, cold, with ice or as the basis for exquisite mixtures. Its assembling reuses the recipe and the ancestral method of the monasteries of Coimbra - free of the addition of chemical in its composition.
Throughout the nine centuries of Portugal’s History three kings are forever bound to Coimbra;
- With Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, Coimbra - the city where
he was born and where he is still buried - became the capital of the newly formed Kingdom. D. Afonso Henriques drove the construction, or reconstruction, of several of the city buildings. The monastery of Santa Cruz was designed and created in 1131 by D. Telo
and Dom Teotónio, with the monarch's support. In this monastery’s church we can still come across his and his son’s tombs. He also promoted the construction of the Romanesque the Old Cathedral (Sé Velha), on the site of an ancient
temple dedicated to Santa Maria.
- King D. Dinis, the skeptical husband of Isabel of Aragon – the queen that performed the Miracle of Roses-, was a great devotee of fine arts and
literature, a famous troubadour who wrote poems and set it to music as well. King Dinis cultivated medieval Courtly Love songs (Cantigas de Amor e de Amigo) and chants, and also satire. Cultivated and interested in literature and sciences, he was the founder
of the first Portuguese University, initially installed in Lisbon and transferred to Coimbra in 1308.
- King D. Pedro carries with Inês de Castro one of the most moving love stories.
Upon learning of the violent death of his beloved Inês, Pedro gathered his men of arms and searched for her assassins throughout the country. According to historian Fernão Lopes: "... to one of the killers he order that the heart was taken from
the breasts and to the other by the shoulders;. ... and finally sent them to burn ... '. According to the legend, after being crowned, D. Pedro I crowned also Inês de Castro’s lifeless body, forcing his subjects and counselors to kiss her hand.
The tombs of Inês and Pedro are faced to each other in the monastery of Alcobaça.
The Romans called this city, standing on the hill of river Mondego, Aeminium. Later, with
the increase of its importance it became the seat of the bishopric diocese, replacing the Roman city Conimbriga, from which derived the name Coimbra. The Twelfth Century was a golden age in the history of the city. Well located, with fertile land and a good
river port well fortified, with about 6000 inhabitants, Coimbra had among its population a significant aristocracy – knights, squires, rich men - and members of the high clergy.