The original maraschino liqueur, a secret weapon for your liquor cabinet
The recipe for Maraska Maraschino dates back to the apothecaries of the Dominican monastery at Zara, now Zadar - Croatia, at the beginning of the 16th century. In the 18th century this liqueur was named Maraschino, as it was produced from the essence of ripe fruits of the tart Marasca cherry grown exclusively on the Adriatic coast of Croatia. It’s one of the very few liqueurs in the world produced by distillation. And it can completely transform a mediocre cocktail.
How to enjoy it
Maraschino is integral to many classic cocktails such as the Martinez, Hemingway Daiquiri, Aviation and the Last Word. But it can work in, and some would say improve upon, so many other cocktails.
Many internationally famous chefs also use Marasca Maraschino liqueur in order to add a special flavor to cakes, cremes or frostings, as well as fruit salads. Serve it chilled in small glasses to accompany home-baked pastry and fresh brewed coffee.
Who makes it
Maraska, the original maraschino distillery based in Zadar and tracing its roots to 1786.
93 Points, Beverage Tasting Institute
Gold Medal, Microliquor Spirit Awards
Marasca cherry distillate, sugar, water, natural flavoring