Homemade Luxardo Cherries

Make your own boozy cherries at home with this Homemade Luxardo Cherry Recipe. You can use these cherries in cocktails, desserts and more!

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Have you ever gone to a bar and ordered a cocktail with a delicious cherry garnish? Have you ever gone to the grocery store to see how much those things cost?!?! Well, now you can make your own delicious and boozy cherries at home. Not only do you get the cherries but you also get a delicious and versatile syrup as well.

This recipe works best with fresh cherries. I’m lucky to live in a place that is known for its cherries. But, we are all lucky enough to have grocery stores that have wonderful produce. I used Bing cherries for this recipe, but you can use whatever you can find or prefer.

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Homemade Luxardo Cherries

Make your own boozy cherries at home with this Luxardo Cherry Recipe. You can use these cherries in cocktails, desserts and more!
Course Dessert, Drinks
Keyword boozy cherries, luxardo cherries, maraschino liqueur cherries
Author EmilyFabulous

Ingredients

  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 pinch freshly ground nutmeg
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup water
  • 3-4 cups fresh cherries, stems removed and pitted
  • 1 cup Luxardo Maraschino liqueur

Instructions

  • Place sugar, vanilla, cinnamon stick, lemon juice and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Bring mixture to a simmer and cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add cherries and bring to a simmer again for another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the Luxardo liqueur.
  • Allow mixture to cool completely before adding to a sealable jar. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or use a water bath method to can and seal for longer storage.

Notes

The syrup can also be used in cocktails or desserts like my Fresh Cherry Tart Recipe HERE. If you decide to preserve and can these, they would also make a great gift!

Want a non-boozy cherry? Check out this recipe.

I have been searching the internet FOREVER for a recipe that comes close to the cocktail cherries in a jar from the grocery store. I finally found one!! This recipe is from the book Drinking French by David Lebovitz. My friend gifted me this book and I couldn’t believe that on the VERY LAST PAGE was a recipe for Amarena Cherries!!

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Homemade Amarena Cherries

This recipe makes sweet, firm, and delicious cherries that are perfect for a cocktail garnish or a dessert. These cherries are very similar to the one's you find in jars at the store, but cost a lot less.
Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine American, Croatian, Italian
Keyword amarena cherries, cocktail cherries, homemade cocktail cherries, luxardo cherries
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 1 cups
Author EmilyFabulous
Cost $3

Equipment

  • medium saucepan
  • candy thermometer (optional)

Ingredients

  • cups sour cherries (from a can or a jar)
  • ½ cup sugar

Instructions

  • Add the cherries and the sugar to a saucepan. Attach your candy thermometer if you have one. On med-high heat, bring mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer with bubbles until the mixture becomes foamy. You want the temperature to be at 225° and you don't want the syrup to carmelize. The cherries start out a bright light red/orangy color but will slowly turn a dark red color and shrivel slightly. This is what you want! Whether you are using a thermometer or not, you are looking for a honey-like consistency and the color change to know when the cherries are done. This took about 35 minutes for me.
  • Transfer the cherries into a sealable jar and allow them to cool. You can refrigerate the cherries for up to a year (if they last that long!).
    homemade amarena cherries in a jar

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