If you've spent much time clicking through our recipes, you know we love Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur. It's that secret ingredient that can transform even the most simple of cocktails with just the smallest amount. It's a common ingredient found in many classics, but it's worth keeping on hand at your home bar for experimenting your own brand new cocktail creations.
Before you go any further, let's take a second to clear the air. We know when you see the word "maraschino," you're thinking of those toxic red cherry-like things with stems on them. Well, stop it, damnit! We've talked all about cherries before, but let's just save some time and cut to the chase. Those bright red things have nothing to do with Maraschino liqueur.
Luxardo Maraschino is made from sour Marasca cherries. In fact, it is actually distilled directly from the cherries and the crushed cherry pits, giving it almost an almond-like and subtle bitter flavor. After fermentation and distillation, it's sweetened with cane sugar, resulting in a clear, not-too-sweet, incredibly-flavorful liqueur.
Look for it next time you're out browsin' through the liquor store. Keep it right on the top of your bar within arm's reach and start adding a little to your favorite cocktails. We have a feeling you'll love it just as much as we do.