Behind the Scenes: Making Maraschino Cherries

We set out to replicate the flavor of the long-lost pre-Prohibition-era maraschino cherry.

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The Cherry On Top?

Super Food Nerd Jonathan Milder set out to replicate the flavor of the long-lost pre-Prohibition-era maraschino cherry. Read about his journey here, and click here for the resulting recipe.

Get the Recipe: Maraschino Cherries

Setting the Scene

Before he knew it, cherries were crowding recipe developer Jonathan Milder out of his workspace.

Top Tip

Pit the cherries before macerating them. A cherry pitter makes quick work of this task.

Pack Your Pantry

Here are the flavor components you'll need: maraschino liqueur, sweet cherries, orange zest and almond extract

Fluid Motion

Stir together the heavy syrup, liqueur and almond extract and pour the mixture over the cherries. 

Have a Ball

Pack the cherries into a pint jar. 

Mix and Match

This was the test lab: jars with varying ratios of ingredients and other variables.

The End Result

These boozy and bracing maraschinos are perfect for adults.

A Good Garnish

They're perfect for topping a Manhattan...

Cherry Red

...or eat them on their own. We won't judge.

Get the Recipe: Maraschino Cherries

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