These cherries are good for using in cocktails and on sweets. They have a bit more of a savory flavor than the classic maraschino cherries which is nice. The main preserving agent in them is Luxardo maraschino liqueur which is itself very sweet so there isn’t much added sugar in this recipe.
Recipe after the jump.
Homemade Maraschino Cherries (original recipe)
- 1 pint of sour cherries
- 1/4 cup of water
- 6 brown sugar cubes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 sprigs of rosemary
- 1/2 tsp almond extract
- juice of half a lemon
- 6 oz. Luxardo maraschino liqueur
1. Pit the sour cherries with a cherry pitter. Be careful not to stain clothing and tablecloths!
2. Add the cherries, water, sugar cubes, salt, rosemary, and almond extract to a heavy pot. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and cover for 10 minutes.
3. Allow to cool, remove the rosemary sprigs and add the lemon juice. Strain the juice and put it aside, you can jar it separately if you wish to use it as a syrup.
4. Add the cherries without the juice to a canning jar. Cover to the top with Luxardo maraschino liqueur.
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