I love maraschino cherries, but I sure don’t love the overly sweet, chemical laden commercial varieties that high fructose corn syrup, preservatives and artificial color- no thanks!
Luckily, it’s easy (and SO much more delicious) to make your own maraschino cherries.
You can simply marinate fresh cherries with a pinch or two of sugar, a splash of water (optional) and a good amount of booze like bourbon, brandy, amaretto or the traditional maraschino liqueur, Luxardo and they’ll be delightful and last quite a bit longer (thanks to the preservation properties of alcohol) but what if you don’t want an alcoholic version?
Easy… here’s a recipe!
Homemade Maraschino Cherries (without alcohol)
by Amy Love, Real Food Whole Health
1 cup organic, unsweetened 100% tart cherry juice
1 cup filtered water
¼ cup organic unbleached cane sugar, optional
1 small cinnamon stick
1 lemon juiced (2-3 TBL)
16 oz sweet red cherries, pitted
1 TBL pure almond extract
In a medium saucepan, combine cherry juice, water, sugar, cinnamon stick and lemon juice. Heat to a simmer, stirring until sugar has dissolved (if using). Allow mixture to simmer lightly for 3-5 minutes to meld flavors. Remove from heat and add cherries and almond extract. Allow the mixture to cool and then transfer to the refrigerator, tightly capped in a mason jar. They should last about 4-6 weeks, but I doubt they will be around that long!
Don’t do sugar? No problem – just leave it out! Your cherries won’t be as sweet, but they’ll still be delicious!