Homemade Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

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Homemade Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

Soo…here’s what we’re gonna do today. Ready?

We’re gonna be psychos and make Christmas presents in July. Yes. This is happening. A good first step to getting in the mood for Christmas is open up your freezer and stick your head in it. It’ll rev up your wintery engines. (That is not a euphemism, by the way, “wintery engines.”

Cherries are in full bloom right now. I was lucky enough to come across sour cherries and they are my absolute favorite. They require a bit of sugar to give them a nice balance, but not too much because I like to celebrate their tartness rather than just blast it out to oblivion.

Homemade Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

I’m sure you’ve had cheap, bright pink maraschino cherries. Perhaps you had them when your mom ordered you a shirley temple and you loved them. I was the same way.

But they have no place in my adult cocktails nor my adult banana splits. (Again, that sounds bad!)

It’s time for us to grow up and make fancy-ass maraschino cherries. This step in the right direction starts with a bottle of Luxardo liqueur.

Homemade Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

Homemade Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

Homemade Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

In a pot there is water, cinnamon sticks, a vanilla bean, some nutmeg and some sugar (not too much). That’s cooked down and steeped and then the luxardo and cherries are added.

And that’s sort of it. Add them to a series of jars and then can ‘em. I followed the directions given to me via The Weck Jar website.

Homemade Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

I’m gonna be honest: I don’t love canning in Weck Jars. The tops are sort of stressful. You don’t know exactly when they’re completely sealed. I mean, you do it’s just much easier to tell with tops that have the little pop center.

But they do look cute, don’t they? I made my own labels by cutting out pieces of stock paper, brushing it red with a watercolor, spraying it with spray adhesive (my favorite adhesive) and then sticking them on. Never buy another label again! Super easy!

That’s it. The mail man and a few other people are getting cherries in December.

Homemade Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

Homemade Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Yield: 4 (4-ounce) jars of maraschino cherries

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 vanilla bean, scraped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 pound sour cherries (regular cherries work, too! go for firm cherries), stems removed and pitted
  • 1 cup luxardo liqueur

Directions

  1. To a medium saucepan (don’t turn the heat on yet), combine the sugar and vanilla bean caviar. Rub the vanilla bean with the sugar until it’s evenly distributed throughout—don’t be shy to use your hands! Turn the flame to medium, add the cinnamon stick, pinch of nutmeg, juice from 1 lemon and water. Bring the mixture to a simmer, cover, and allow to cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Turn the heat down to low and add the cherries. Cook the cherries at a simmer for about 3 minutes, until they’re slightly softened. Remove from the heat and stir in the luxardo liqueur. Allow the mixture to cool completely.
  3. If you’re not canning, then feel free to fill up a few jars with the cherries and liquid. If you are canning them, then be sure to bring a large pot of water to a boil. Gently drop in the jars and boil for about 1 minute. I followed the rules off of Weck Jars’ website. Per their instruction, place on the tops, with the fastens and drop them into the boiling water. Bring the water back up to a boil and cook for at least 3 minutes. Carefully remove jars from the water and allow to cool completely. Remove the fastens.
http://www.acozykitchen.com/homemade-maraschino-cherries/

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12 Comments

  • Reply Abby @ The Frosted Vegan July 24, 2015 at 7:17 am

    I have a biiiiig ol’ bottle of Luxardo on my bar cart, so totally making these like a psycho!

  • Reply Lisa July 24, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Love this idea, and being the crazy “prepper” that I am, this is on my weekend to do list.

    Question, do you have any guesses on how long they’ll last? I know jams and stuff are fine for quite some time, but do you anticipate any differences with whole fruit?

    • Adrianna Adarme
      Reply Adrianna Adarme July 26, 2015 at 9:26 am

      If they’re canned, they’ll last about as long as jam will (about 2 years?).

  • Reply Sydney | Modern Granola July 24, 2015 at 9:51 am

    How fancy! I think preparing for Christmas in July sounds like fun- you’ve got a lucky mailman! (Loved your not-euphemisms LOL) And cool labeling idea, they look great!
    xx Sydney

  • Reply Becca July 24, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Thank you thank you thank you! I love this idea. I try to make Christmas gifts all year and it is getting harder to come up with things to make. I am making these cherries this weekend. Did I say thank you?

  • Reply Medeja July 24, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    My mom used to make similar cherries when I was a kid.. 🙂 yummy!

  • Reply Megan | Hint of Vanilla July 26, 2015 at 8:14 am

    I love your labels!! And I’m also kinda of excited for making Christmas present in July because a) I love Christmas so damn much and b) Sept-Dec is the busiest time of the year for my work, like 12 hour days every day so I don’t have time for anything but sleep during those months!

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  • Reply robWeeve April 19, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    These don’t look like Luxardo cherries

  • Reply Laurie May 26, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    So … I made your recipe and then as stated canned them. During the canning process they got bubbly and almost like they started fermenting super quickly. Lots of bubbles on the inside and jars almost burst open and began leaking a little. I can all the time and canned jam at the same time and those came out fine. Do you have any idea what went wrong?

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