Not to be confused with the red syrup that drenches so many jarred cherries, maraschino is a clear Italian liqueur distilled from sour cherries, traditionally of the marasca variety. The most common brand is Luxardo, which ages its cherry distillate for two years then sweetens it with sugar.
The flavor is sweet but complex, with undertones of almond. The spirit provides a light cherry taste to cocktails, including old-school daiquiris, the aviation, and fruit punch-style drinks.
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