Cocktail of the Week: Luxardo Maraschino Cherries

We recently finished a jar of Luxardo Maraschino Cherries. For those of you who have not experienced these little treasures, these are the real thing. None of this brightly died, corn-syrup soaked nonsense. These are incredibly delicious. Having one at the bottom of your drink makes you want another drink just so you can eat the cherry – and for the record, I don’t even really like cherries. Anyway, we finished the cherries in the jar, but there was still all sorts of delicious syrup left, and rather than let it go to waste, I thought I would do a little experimentation. The results were pretty tasty I thought.

The first cocktail I made was in honor of my mom’s birthday – Happy Birthday, Mom! – and so we decided to call it a Celebration Cocktail – that, or Cherry Jubilee :). The other two are variations on the idea.

Celebration Cocktail

2 oz Gin

1 oz Lemon juice

3/4 tsp Luxardo Cherry syrup

1/2 oz Cointreau

2 dashes Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters

Shake thoroughly on ice and strain into a coup. Garnish with a twist of lemon (and a cherry if you have any left).

Lavender-Cherry

2 oz Tanqueray Rangpur Gin (or gin of your choice)

3/4 tsp Luxardo Cherry syrup

1/2 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao

1 oz Lime juice

Several leaves fresh lavender, torn

Pinch dried lavender blossoms

Combine ingredients and let sit for 5-10 minutes or until the liquid beins to smell fragrantly of lavender. Shake thoroughly on ice and strain into a coup. Garnish with a sprig of lavender and a twist of lime.

Rosemary-Cherry

2 oz Gin

3/4 oz Lime juice

1/4 oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao

1/2 tsp Luxardo Cherry syrup

Med. sprig fresh rosemary, leaves torn off

1 dash Fee Brothers Aromatic Bitters

Combine ingredients and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Shake thoroughly on ice and strain into a coup. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and a twist of lime.

Cheers!

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