these are the best maraschino cherries that you will ever have. That's all there is to it, really. Maraschino cherries are by definition, preserved, sweetened cherries, typically made from light-colored sweet cherries. "Maraschino" refers to the marasca cherry from Croatia and the maraschino liqueur made from it, in which marasca cherries were crushed and sweetened. Whole cherries preserved in this liqueur were known as "maraschino cherries". They were, at first, produced for and consumed as a delicacy by royalty and the wealthy.
Luxardo Maraschino Cherries are still made ( in Italy) from Marasca cherries and preserved in a marasca syrup. There are no preservatives or thickening agents so they do not have a prolonged shelf life. They are simply luxurious.
Also....and most importantly, they are the KEY ingredient in a proper Old Fashioned whiskey cocktail, which is what I'm enjoying as I write this.
Old Fashioned Whiskey Cocktail - my version
2 ounces Rye Whiskey
2 tsp water
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
splash of Cointreau ( in place of traditional simple syrup and orange garnish)
2 Maraschino cherries - one to eat while you make it, and one for garnish.
Combine all ingredients in a rocks glass, stir. Add 2 cubes of ice.
Have a maraschino - and enjoy!
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