Discover seven maraschino liqueur cocktails that you’ll love sipping at home. Each recipe includes maraschino liqueur in its ingredient list and all seven cocktails taste divine.
Anybody who loves cocktails and cherries will be delighted to discover maraschino liqueur. We say this from personal experience.
We became fans when we concocted our first maraschino liqueur cocktail, a Hemingway Daiquiri, and our appreciation grows with each and every cocktail we craft.
What Is Maraschino Liqueur?
Maraschino liqueur is a clear liqueur produced from maraschino cherries.
Far from a passing fancy, maraschino cherry liqueur has century long roots in Zadar, a Croatian city that was formerly an Italian city called Zara. These roots involve Marasca trees, botanists who cultivated the trees and royalty who fancied the fruit grown on those trees.
Luxardo, the world’s most famous maraschino liqueur producer, moved from Zadar to Padua, Italy in 1947. But Luxardo isn’t the only company producing maraschino liqueur today. One, Leopold Bros., is located in the US but imports Marasca cherries from Croatia. The cherries are that special.
If you’re wondering if there’s a relationship between maraschino cherries and maraschino liqueur, the short answer is yes. But don’t confuse maraschino liqueur sold at liquor stores with the syrupy liquid in maraschino cherry jars.
Unlike that syrup, maraschino liqueur is clear and it isn’t sticky. Its complex flavor includes cherry but also has a nuttiness that comes from cherry pits.
You may want to sip maraschino liqueur as an apéritif or pour it over fresh fruit. However, the very best use for the sour cherry liqueur is in cocktails.
Maraschino Liqueur Cocktails
However, a little bit of maraschino liqueur goes a long way. You’ll understand once you buy a bottle and start crafting maraschino liqueur cocktails at home. And, when you do, we recommend starting with the following cocktails:
7 Of The Best Maraschino Liqueur Cocktails
Frequently Asked Questions
Maraschino liqueur is a clear liqueur produced with maraschino cherries.
While you can sip maraschino liqueur straight up or on the rocks, the best way to drink the sour cherry liqueur is in cocktails like the Aviation, Brooklyn, Diplomat, Hemingway Daiquiri, Last Word, Martinez and Mary Pickford
The Aviation is the most iconic maraschino liqueur cocktail. The classic cocktail’s other ingredients include dry gin, crème de violette, lemon juice and a maraschino cherry
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About The Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers their unique taste of the world.
Original Publication Date: May 7, 2023