Maraschino liqueur has not been too popular over the past few years but it was once one of the most exciting spirits to use in the crafting of delicious cocktails. Fortunately, we are seeing this spirit cropping up here and there again at emploi bar à Montréal avec École du Bar establishments all over the world.
What is Maraschino Liqueur?
While it may look like other liquors—it is clear—maraschino liqueur has a surprisingly dry taste. Taken from the sour Marasca cherry, which is native to Croatia, the liqueur is made from the sour pulp of the fruit but also the bitter, crushed pits of the Marasca cherry. In all, it has a delightfully sour and slightly almond flavor. Because it is distilled from cherries, the liqueur probably resembles that of brandy more than anything else, but distillers add cane syrup before the aging and filtering processes to sweeten it up. This also, of course, reduces the ABV.
That in mind, here are some classic cocktail recipes that feature maraschino liqueur.
One of the oldest drinks on record—originating before the Prohibition—the Aviation is among the most classic cocktails you can order. A staple potable during the Prohibition age, this drink has subtlety and complexity in the same glass.
- 2 oz gin
- ½ oz Maraschino liqueur
- ¼ oz crème de violette
- ¾ oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Classic and straightforward, the Casino is more complex than its flavor belies:
- 2 oz gin (preferably Old Tom)
- ¼ oz Maraschino liqueur
- ¼ oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
- 2 dashes orange bitters
Both a little more complex and a little sweeter than the Aviation, the Beachcomber is also far more modern. Prohibition-age drinks are known for taking limited ingredients and turning them into something a little more palatable (if not, strong on alcohol content). This one, though, combines a few types of alcohol to make something oddly tropical and supremely tasty:
- 2 oz light rum
- 1 oz Cointreua
- 1 oz lime juice
- ¼ oz Maraschino
Older than even the Martini, the Martinez might be the Godfather of all cocktails (not to be confused with the actual cocktail of the same name). Simple and sweet—but, most importantly, balanced—the Martinez is easy to drink despite its high proof:
- 2 oz Sweet Vermouth (Rosso)
- 1 oz Gin (preferably Old Tom)
- ½ oz Maraschino Liqueur
- Dash of bitters