Luxardo Cherries Recipe

Make your own boozy cherries at home with this Luxardo Cherries 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 Luxardo Cherries at home. Not only do you get the cherries but you also get a delicious and versatile syrup as well.

homemade luxardo cherries and luxardo liqueur

How to Make this Luxardo Cherries Recipe

  1. Place the sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon stick, lemon juice, and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir and bring the mixture to a simmer, cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the cherries and bring to a simmer again for another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the Luxardo liqueur.
  3. Allow the mixture to cool completely before putting it into a sealable jar.
fresh bing cherries in a bowl

What Cherries to Use For this Recipe

This recipe works best with fresh cherries and I’m lucky to live in a place that is known for its cherries. I get my cherries from a local farm who are known for their Bing cherries which I used here. You want a sweet, red cherry that is nice a firm.

I realize we are not all lucky enough to have amazing farms close to use. However, we all have amazing grocery stores these days that have wonderful produce. Use what you can find and I know it will work out great.

Ingredients Needed to Make these Boozy Cherries

  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • cinnamon stick
  • freshly ground nutmeg
  • fresh lemon
  • water
  • fresh cherries
  • Luxardo Maraschino liqueur

What is Maraschino Liqueur?

Maraschino liqueur originated in Croatia and is made from Marasca cherries. It’s a clear, cherry-flavored liqueur that isn’t overly sweet so it’s perfect for cocktails like the Last Word or my Gin Elderflower Cocktail.

Any home bar should have a bottle of Maraschino Liqueur in it. If you can find the Luxardo brand, Maraska and Lazzarroni are both good options. And if you can’t find maraschino liqueur at all, try Cherry Heering or Cherry Kirsch as a substitution.

What to do With These Luxardo Cherries and Syrup

Obviously, these cherries are amazing in cocktails. You can use them as a garnish or as part of the drink. They can also be served as a small dessert, or even better, covered in chocolate.

last word cocktail in a coupe glass

The syrup has so many uses as well including being used in my Fresh Cherry Tart recipe. Just like the cherries, this syrup is perfect for the sweet ingredient in a cocktail. You can also drizzle it over some ice cream for a boozy treat.

These Luxardo Cherries also make an amazing gift for your cocktail loving friends. Place the cherries in jars, place a homemade or printed tag on them with a bow and you have a homemade gift that anyone would love.

Looking for a Non-Boozy Cocktail Cherry?

Check out my Amarena Cherry post for a non-boozy cherry recipe. These cherries also make a great cocktail garnish. Since they are not made with alcohol, they can also be used in desserts and as a topping for those who can’t or don’t drink alcohol.

Other Cocktail & Liqueur Recipes to Check Out

luxardo maraschino cherries

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!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 3 cups
Author: EmilyFabulous

Equipment

  • cherry pitter
  • medium saucepan
  • sealable glass jar

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 the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon stick, lemon juice, and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stire the mixture and bring it to a simmer, cover and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the cherries and bring the mixture to a simmer again for another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the Luxardo liqueur.
    cherries in a pan for cherry syrup
  • Allow the mixture to cool completely and remove the cinnamon stick before adding to a sealable jar, about an hour. Store in the fridge for several weeks.
    luxardo maraschino cherries

Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.

Want a non-boozy cherry?

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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