Stop what you are doing right now, and make these homemade maraschino cherries. Seriously, what could be more important than syrupy, luscious, red maraschino cherries? Working? Taking care of your children? Writing your dissertation? All of that can wait. This is important! Plus, it doesn’t take very long once you’ve acquired the supplies, and then you can get back to your other responsibilities.
First, you are going to need some cherries and a cherry pitter (affiliate link). Yes, it is worth buying a cherry pitter just for this (I did), but I’m sure you will need to pit cherries and olives lots of times in the future to get your money’s worth.
Next, you need some maraschino liqueur like Luxardo. Finally, a cinnamon stick would be nice, but it’s entirely optional. What else? There is nothing else!
All you need to do is pit your cherries and put them in a glass jar or bowl with a tight-fitting lid. Then, simmer your liqueur with or without a cinnamon stick. When it cools a little, pour it over your cherries. THAT’S IT. Keep those babies in your refrigerator a couple weeks (if they last that long).
As it turns out, simmering Luxardo makes your kitchen smell deliciously boozy. I so wanted a Manhattan when I was making these, but it was noon on a Thursday, so I restrained myself. You can bet I’ll be enjoying one this weekend though! Next week I will bring you a new cocktail recipe featuring these homemade maraschino cherries. If you can’t wait, you should try my Cherrytastic Manhattan.