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.Print
Place your pitted cherries in a quart-sized glass jar or bowl with a tight-fitting lid.
Add liqueur and cinnamon stick to a small sauce pan, and bring to a low boil. Simmer for 3 minutes and turn off heat. Allow to cool for about 2 minutes.
Pour liqueur over cherries, seal container, and place in your refrigerator. Flavor will be best if you wait at least 24 hours to eat them, and they can be safely stored for at least two weeks.
I’m not sure if all of the alcohol is cooked off during simmering, but I’m thinking not. I would NOT recommend giving these to children.
- Prep Time: 5
- Cook Time: 7