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Maraschino Liqueur

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What is it?

Let’s start with what it is NOT: Maraschino liqueur is not the bright-red liquid in a bottle of maraschino cherries. It’s a clear liqueur made from Marasca cherries, which grow wild in Croatia and Italy. It’s made by crushing the cherries, along with their pits and stems. The flavor is floral and a bit nutty (from the pits), with only a mild cherry undertone.

The liqueur is used in several classic cocktails, including the Martinez and the Aviation.

Maraschino cherries come from a European tradition of soaking whole cherries in the liqueur. Of course, maraschino cherries as we know them in the U.S. have, um, evolved a bit: they’re simply dyed and preserved in a brine.

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