Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

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Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

750 ml

Product Description

Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur

The Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur follows the original recipe from 1821, and requires four years to produce. Cherries are harvested from Luxardo’s own trees and the solid components are then infused in larchwood vats for three years. The product is distilled in small copper pot stills and aged in Finnish ash wood for the remaining year. Finally, a combination of sugar and water is added before bottling. Certified Kosher. 32% ABV.

Tasting Notes: Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur is distilled from the leaves, pits, stems and skins of Luxardo sour marasca cherries, creating a complex liqueur with a persistent cherry aroma. Smooth but sharp, this liqueur has a rounded flavor with notes of cherries and rosewater.

History of Luxardo

Luxardo is a family-owned company founded in Zara, a port city on the Dalmatian coast of what is now Croatia. Girolamo Luxardo, a Genovese businessman, and his wife, Maria Canevari, moved to Zara in 1817. It was Maria who began perfecting “rosolio maraschino,” a liqueur produced in Dalmatian convents since medieval times from special maraschino cherries. Canevari’s liqueur was of such high quality that it gained the attention of connoisseurs, and her husband founded the Luxardo Distillery in 1821 to produce her original Maraschino. Not long afterwards, the Emperor of Austria awarded the Luxardo liqueur the highest honor “Privilegiata Fabbrica Maraschino Excelsior.” The distillery remained under the family’s control and prospered by exporting the liqueur to aficionados around the world. The Maraschino liqueur became an essential cocktail ingredient internationally, and is found in classics such as the Last Word, Martinez and Hemingway cocktails of the late 19th and early 20th century.

In 1913, Michelangelo Luxardo built the most modern and massive distillery in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This building survived World War I; but was ultimtely destroyed in World War II by Anglo-American bombings. Only one member of the fourth generation, Giorgio Luxardo, survived the World War II invasion and fled to Italy. Escaping with only a cherry sapling, Giorgio crossed the Adriatic Sea to the Veneto region of northeast Italy and reconnected with a colleague who had saved the Luxardo recipe book. Armed with the surviving tools and a desire to reestablish his family’s legacy, Giorgio chose the small Veneto city of Torreglia to rebuild the distillery in 1946. At this new home, Luxardo restored its extensive product line of Italian liqueurs and continued to export the products to markets around the world. Luxardo continues to produce Maraschino to Maria Canevari’s original recipe, as it was written down in 1821. Today, Luxardo is operated by Franco Luxardo of the family’s fifth generation, along with members of the sixth.


7th Heaven Cocktail Recipe

  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • .5 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 1 oz Grapefruit juice
  • .25 oz Elderflower Liqueur
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  • Shake all ingredients in an iced-filled cocktail shaker
  • Strain into chilled martini glass or cocktail coupe
  • Garnish with Lemon or Orange Peel

And The Cherry On Top Is … Cocktail Recipe
Serves 2

  • 1 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
  • 3 oz Vodka
  • .5 oz Almond Liqueur
  • 1 oz Lemon Juice
  • splash Club Soda
  • 6 Muddled (pitted) Cherries
  • Garnish with 2 Cherries
  • In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle pitted cherries if using
  • Add Luxardo Maraschino, vodka, fresh lemon juice and almond liqueur
  • Shake hard, then double strain (though a fine mesh strainer) into a tall glass with fresh ice
  • Add a splash of soda and top with a cherry

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