Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Copycat Luxardo Maraschino Cherries & Syrup

Homemade Maraschino Cherries and Cherry Jam

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries are something special. They're a deep purple color, and the syrup they come in is way more flavorful than any other Maraschino cherry syrup I've ever tried. I don't really like EATING Maraschino cherries, so I don't exactly know if I LIKE eating the Luxardo cherries, but everyone else who's ever tried them swears they're like candy.

I tasted these ones you see pictured here. They are sour and boozy, and have the cinnamon and nutmeg flavors in them. I need to give some to others to try and tell me if they're really good.
All I know is that although the syrup is much lighter in color than the original Luxardo cherries, it tastes just as delicious in the Cherry Limeade beverage I usually enjoy it in.

If you enjoy reading details and variations on the recipe, please go to A Nerd Cooks where I found this recipe. The article is fascinating and informative.

Copycat Luxardo Maraschino Cherries and Syrup
  --Adapted from A Nerd Cooks

  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 pinches kosher salt
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 cups Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1 to 1.5 pounds sour cherries, pits and stems removed
  • Have about 5 8-ounce mason jars cleaned and sterilized ready.
  • In a large saucepan, add 1/2 cup sugar, water, salt, cinnamon sticks and nutmeg. Place saucepan over medium high heat and swirl or stir until sugar is melted.
  • Add the cherries and liqueur. Stir. Bring mixture to a simmer.
  • Ladle the cherries out of the syrup and into the waiting mason jars. Try not to include too much of the syrup at this point.
  • Remove the cinnamon sticks. Add 1/2 cup sugar to the syrup, stir, and continue to cook to reduce the liquid to almost half.
  • Pour syrup over cherries until syrup and cherries reach about 1/4 in from the rim of the jar.
  • Screw the lids onto the jars, not super tight, but securely. Process the jars in boiling water for 3 minutes. Then carefully remove to a place to cool completely.

These cherries are actually from a cherry tree in my yard.

I bought fresh spices for the occasion from our local All Spice in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sugar is all dissolved. Time for the cherries and liqueur.

Cherries swimming in Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

I thought they looks an awful lot like grape tomatoes.

I'm mostly after the syrup here, so there's extra.

Cherry Vodka Limeade


  1. Thanks for dropping some off at the shop! Really enjoyed!

  2. Thanks for dropping a sample off at the shop! They were fab!


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