What is Luxardo?
An iconic garnish for cocktails and desserts, Luxardo maraschino cherries are made with high quality ingredients and no artificial coloring, giving them a genuine fruit flavor unlike any preserved cherries available. The Luxardo Original maraschino cherries are candied with Marasca syrup, which was developed by the Luxardo family from a fruit used for distilling the renowned Maraschino liqueur and the cherry flavored Sangue Morlacco. Read More
The history behind Luxardo
Before it produced the world’s first preserved cherries, Luxardo was a distillery off the coast of modern-day Croatia, which was an Italian province at the time. Founded in 1821 by Girolamo Luxardo, the company made a name for itself with Maraschino, a cherry liqueur made from the leaves, stems, pits, and skins of sour Marasca cherries. In fact, the pits are what give it a distinctive nutty taste, which is similar to the flavor of almonds.
Because cherries bruise easily, farmers started preserving them in Marasca liqueur, which paved the way for the essential cherry on top. In 1905, the company produced the classic marschino cherries that would soon become the preferred garnish for cocktails, the trendy drink of choice at bars and speakeasies in the United States and Europe.
What makes Luxardo Maraschino Cherries different?
Like an exclamation point for cocktails, Luxardo Maraschino cherries add a touch of elegance and sophistication to the overall presentation. Other brands use artificial coloring and other chemicals in the syrup, giving it the color of bright red lipstick and an unnaturally sweet flavor and waxy consistency.
Luxardo maraschino cherries, however, are made with the original recipe handed down from generations, which is why it exhibits a dark red color and the distinguishing taste of real cherries. Preserved in maraschino liqueur, these cherries are drastically different than the bright red specimens found in the average cocktail or as sundae topping. The Luxardo Maraschino cherries have a meaty texture and sweet-tart flavor, which adds an unmistakable taste to a wide range of cocktails and desserts. Using premium, naturally sourced ingredients, Luxardo Maraschino cherries deliver the authentic taste of Old World Italy.
What are Luxardo Maraschino Cherries used for?
Luxardo Maraschino cherries are an essential ingredient to a long list of cocktails and desserts. Send one or two adrift in an icy Manhattan to balance the bite of bourbon and enhance the red vermouth. The Luxardo cherry also adds elegance to classic drinks like the Aviation or Last Word. Don’t forget the syrup—a spoonful of the rich, dark red liquid makes an excellent complement to whiskey or pisco.
When it comes to desserts, Luxardo cherries add pure sophistication to the classic ice cream sundae. It also ups the ante on cheesecake, especially when you hold the canned cherry pie filling and instead, opt for Luxardo cherries and syrup as a luxe garnish.
Where Can I Buy Luxardo Cherries?
If you’re wondering where to buy Luxardo Cherries, Supermarket Italy features a selection of Original Luxardo Maraschino Cherries in several sizes. Keep your bar or dessert station fully stocked with an extra large 12 lb. can or choose smaller quantities like 6.6 lbs. We also feature budget-friendly 6 packs of 14 oz. jars, which are available to the public at wholesale prices.<
A must-have for your liquor cabinet, shop for Luxardo Maraschino cherries today and elevate your favorite cocktails and desserts with the classic cherry on top.