Thursday, December 20, 2012

Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Here is a great quick gift idea for this holiday season. I saw this recipe on the show Best Thing I Ever Made. Ted Allen was sharing his recipe for "Real Maraschino Cherries" and I immediately knew I wanted to give this a try.

Fresh sour cherries are only available for a limited time in the summer but you can use canned or jarred sour or tart cherries any time of year. If they come in a heavy syrup, make sure to rinse them off before starting the recipe.

These cherries aren't going to look or taste like the fluorescent red cherries you buy in the jar. These are soaked in Maraschino Liquor, (a sweet cherry liquor) and go perfect with any cocktail that calls for a cherry.

You can find similar packaging at Michael's Craft Store in the Martha Stewart packaging section. I also decided to hand write and paint the labels but you can print them online as well.

Homemade Maraschino Cherries
Makes 3


  • 1 cup maraschino liqueur
  • 1 pint sour cherries, stemmed and pitted  (you can buy a jar of sour cherries in light syrup, and drain the syrup)
  • **I used 2 cups of liquor for two 15oz cans of pitted sour cherries. That amount made 3 small jars (around 8oz jars)
1. Bring the liqueur to a simmer, and then turn off the heat. Add the cherries, stir, let cool, and then pour into jars. Refrigerate. Cherries will be tasty for months.

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