Luxardo Cherries are a grown-up version of maraschino cherries. Whether you buy them or make homemade Luxardo cherries using Luxardo liqueur, they are the perfect cocktail cherry!
What Is a Luxardo Cherry?
Today’s most popular maraschino cherries are typically made with high fructose corn syrup and red dye. Luxardo cherries are something else entirely.
Store-bought Luxardo cherries are made made using a cherry syrup. They have a rich, natural cherry flavor.
While the store-bought version is wonderful, homemade Luxardo cherries are perfect for cocktails because they are made using Luxardo liqueur. And, you can experiment with different spices.
These cherries taste like tiny shots of liqueur encased in a piece of fruit.
What is Luxardo?
Luxardo is liqueur made from Marasca cherries, a Croatian sour cherry variety. The cherry pits are also used in the making of the alcohol, which gives it a bit of an almond taste due to their cyanogenic glycosides.
How to Make Luxardo Cherries
To make Luxardo cherries, first steep pitted cherries in a syrup of sugar, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla.
Remove from the heat and add in the cherry liqueur.
Once cool, jar the cherries and syrup and refrigerate.
They can last for up to one month in the refrigerator.
The cherries would also be wonderful in these Maraschino cherry chocolate chip cookies from The First Year Blog.
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 cinnamon stick
- pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 pound sweet cherries pitted
- 1 cup maraschino cherry liqueur I use Luxardo.
- Wash and pit the cherries.
- In a saucepan, combine all ingredients except the cherries and liqueur and bring to a rolling boil.
- When the liquid begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium.
- Add the cherries and simmer for 5–7 minutes.
- Remove from heat, add the liqueur, and let cool.
- Transfer the cherries and liquid into clean jars and refrigerate, uncovered, until cherries are cool to touch.
- Cover tightly and refrigerate for up to two weeks.