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A jar of homemade Luxardo cherries
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Luxardo Cherries

Luxardo cherries are a grown-up version of maraschino cherries. These Luxardo cherries are made with cherry liqueur and spices and are perfect for cocktails and as dessert toppers.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Condiments, Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 32
Calories: 41kcal
Author: Stefani


  • 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.


If you don't own a cherry pitter, you will definitely want to invest in one.
Sour Marasca cherries are the traditional ones used to make maraschino cherries. Since most of us don't have access to them, any cherry will do - the redder the better. I typically use Rainier cherries.
I used Luxardo brand cherry liqueur. Serious Eats tried this with a regular brandy and they were not as happy with the results. eGullet has an interesting discussion thread on types of cherry liqueur that is worth a read.
I found the recipe for homemade Luxardo cherries on Serious Eats, which was adapted from a recipe found in Imbibe Magazine. This recipe includes my modifications and notes.


Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 31mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 1mg