For bartenders Luxardo cherries are the gold standard of cocktail cherries. Maraschino cherries are great for widening the eyes of children, but their artificial flavor & color leave classic cocktails wanting.
Originating in Croatia—where sour cherries are distilled into Cherry Liqueur—the leftovers are thrown in with the liqueur and extra spices.
From 1912 to 1940 the FDA would not let the bright red artificial cherries be called, “Maraschino Cherries,” and only cherries soaked in booze (like the Luxardo Cherries) could wear the title.
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