Maraschino Cherries From Scratch
First lets make the Marachino Cherries.
Ingredients for the Syrup
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup of granulated sugar
4 inch cinnamon stick
1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg
A pinch of Kosher salt
Ingredients for the Maraschino Cherries
1 lb sour cherries, pitted and stemmed
1 cup Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
Combined the ingredients for the syrup in a 3 quart pot. Over medium high heat stir until the sugar is dissolved and the syrup begins to simmer.
Add the Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur.
Add the cherries.
Stir to combine. Cook for about 5 minutes or until the cherries just begin to soften.
Remove from heat. Allow cherries to cool completely.
Store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to a month. If they even last that long. You will be eating these all the time.
Add to your favorite cocktail.
Put a cherry on top of your ice cream.
Dip into the jar because you had a good day.
Dip into the jar if you had a bad day.
The first image that probably jumps into your mind when you hear the word Maraschino is a neon colored cherry that tastes like sugar and has the texture of a Spaulding (no offense to the brand).
Personally I have never liked them. I LOVE cherries. So when I was first introduced to a maraschino I was expecting the taste and texture of a real cherry. Nope. Nope. Nope.
Marachinos are one of the few items sold in ice cream shops and bars with equal disappointment.
Real Marachinos are made with Marasca cherries. The Luxardo company have been making Marachino liqueur since 1821. These are the real deal. This receipe uses Luxardo Marachino liqueur for a close approximation of the company's candied Marasca cherries.