An iconic garnish for cocktails and desserts, Luxardo cherries are made with high quality ingredients and no artificial coloring, making them the gold standard of cocktail cherries. The Luxardo Original maraschino cherries are candied with Marasca syrup, which was developed by the Luxardo family from a fruit used for distilling the renowned Maraschino liqueur and the cherry flavored Sangue Morlacco. The Ferrari of candied cherries, Luxardo cherries have a chewy, candy-like texture and deep flavor that adds a gourmet touch to high end cocktails and world class desserts.
The history behind Luxardo cherries
Founded in 1821 by Girolamo Luxardo, the company made a name for itself with Maraschino, a cherry liqueur made from the leaves, stems, pits, and skins of sour Marasca cherries. Because cherries bruise easily and don’t stay fresh for very long, farmers started preserving them in Marasca liqueur, which paved the way for the maraschino cherry that we all know and love. In 1905, the company began producing marschino cherries from fruit grown in the fertile volcanic soil of the Veneto region, a confection that would soon become the preferred garnish for cocktails.
What are Luxardo maraschino cherries used for?
Luxardo Maraschino cherries are an essential ingredient to a long list of cocktails and desserts. Classics like the Manhattan, and even non-alcoholic drinks like the Shirley Temple, simply aren't complete without this cherry garnish. And don’t forget the syrup! A spoonful of the rich, dark red liquid makes an excellent addition to whiskey cocktails and milkshakes. Up the presentation on desserts like ice cream sundaes, Belgian waffles, cheesecake, and the Italian choux pastry zeppole di San Giuseppe.