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Homemade Maraschino Cocktail Cherries from Hetal Vasavada

Hetal Vasavada from Milk and Cardamom shares how to make maraschino cherries at home with an easy-to-follow recipe.

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Maraschino cherries aren't just for the cocktails you get at a bar; they're easy to make and store at home. They’re made with Maraschino liqueur and a simple syrup that is spiced with vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Pitting a pound of cherries can take a while though. Whether using a knife of the chopstick method, it's messy and inefficient. Enter the Quick-Release Multi Cherry Pitter that lets you pit up to six cherries at once. Plus the fruit falls into the bowl while the pit tray catches up to 75 pits.

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How to Make Maraschino Cherries

  1. Pit 2 cups of cherries.
  2. Bring 1/3 cup water, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 cinnamon stick, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/2 vanilla bean (scraped), 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice to a simmer.
  3. Add pitted cherries and 2/3 cup Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur.
  4. Stir and simmer for 5 minutes.
  5. Add cherries and liquid to a sterilized jar. Close and cool.

Hetal enjoys the cherries in a spritzer or Old Fashioned(Opens in a new window). The cherries do contain a small amount of alcohol so they're not for kids.

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