Tag Archives: Sour

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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Agave Trifecta

There are 208 species of agave. Pulque, tequila, and mezcal are made from different ones & through different means.

Pulque tastes slightly sour with notes of overripe pear & banana, with a funky aroma. The resulting drink is 4-6% ABV.

Silver tequila tastes herbaceous and fresh. Reposado and Añejo tequilas are barrel aged and lend color and smoothness.

Mezcal tastes distinctly vegetal and smokey.