Have you ever ordered a cocktail and it had a really delicious cherry in it as garnish? Odds are, it was a brandied cherry or a Luxardo cherry.
Luxardo cherries get their distinctive and delicious flavor from Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, plus some sugar and spices.
These Homemade Luxardo Cherries are the perfect addition to your home bar and to a cocktail. They are particularly good in an Old Fashioned (which I’ll share with you soon!).
This recipe was adapted every so slightly from the one found at Love & Victory.
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch kosher salt
- 1 cup Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
- 1 lb cherries, pitted and stemmed
Combine water, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt in a saucepan, and bring it to a simmer. Stir occasionally as the sugar dissolves.
Add the Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur and cherries. Stir to coat all of the cherries in the syrup. Cook for 5 minutes to soften the cherries slightly.
Turn off the heat and allow the cherries to cool. Once cooled, store in the fridge in a tightly sealed jar.
Drop one or two of these cherries into a Classic Old Fashioned cocktail!