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luxardo cherries and luxardo liqueur

Homemade Luxardo Cherries

Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Cooling Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 61kcal
Author: Emily
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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  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon 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


  • Place the sugar, vanilla, cinnamon stick, nutmeg, lemon juice, and water in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir 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.
  • 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.


Are These The Same as Luxardo Cherries in the Jar?
  • No, these cherries are slightly different. They are boozy from the Luxardo liqueur and the syrup is not as thick. If you want candied cocktail cherries with thick syrup, try my Amarena Cherry Recipe! It's a non-boozy cherry, but also perfect for cocktail garnishes.
Luxardo Liqueur Substitutions
  • 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.


Serving: 2cherries | Calories: 61kcal | Carbohydrates: 12.1g | Protein: 0.8g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 9.1g | Calcium: 11mg