I love maraschino cherries, but I sure don’t love the overly sweet, chemical laden commercial varieties that high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and artificial color- no thanks!
Luckily, it’s easy (and SO much more delicious) to make your own maraschino cherries.
You can simply marinate fresh cherries with a pinch or two of sugar, a splash of water (optional) and a good amount of booze like bourbon, brandy, amaretto or the traditional maraschino liqueur, Luxardo and they’ll be delightful and last quite a bit longer (thanks to the preservation properties of alcohol) but what if you don’t want an alcoholic version?
Easy… here’s a recipe!
Homemade Maraschino Cherries (without alcohol)
- 1 cup organic, unsweetened 100% tart cherry juice
- 1 cup filtered water
- ¼ cup organic unbleached cane sugar, optional
- 1 small cinnamon stick
- 1 lemon juiced (2-3 TBL)
- 16 oz sweet red cherries, pitted
- 1 TBL pure almond extract