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Maraschino Cherries Aren’t Italian

Maraschino Cherries originated in Croatia, where Marasca Cherries grow readily. Much like the apples planted by Johnny Appleseed in the American frontier, these cherries are sour and not fit for eating, but readily turn into delicious liquor!

In the 1800s people started throwing leftover sour cherries into the cherry liquor they had made. The result is a delicious cocktail garnish, and Luxardo makes some of the finest examples in the world.

After destruction of their family factory in World Wars I and II the Luxardo family uprooted and moved to Italy. This is why people familiar with Luxardo Cherries look at me funny when I tell them that they are a Croatian product.

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Here’s Why Port has Brandy Added To It

As we have discussed here before: yeast ferments sugar into alcohol (and carbon dioxide). However, yeast is a delicate life form and there comes a point where a toxic level of alcohol is created, and the yeast stops producing booze.

Makers of Port—a sweet & extra-boozy red wine—harness this phenomenon and add Brandy to a partially-fermented wine in order to keep the yeast from eating all the sugar. This way they create a wine that is sweeter and stronger (almost twice as much) than normal.

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