Maraschino Cherries


Maraschino cherries are also called cocktail cherries. These sweet cherries are used to garnish cocktails and desserts. An easy recipe, and no alcohol is required!

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Maraschino cherries
Veronique van Ohmydish

Made by Véronique

Published at 2022-05-25, this recipe is for 10 people and takes 30 minutes.

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Updated at: 24-01-2024

30 minutes 10 people Desserts
Maraschino cherries


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  • 300 g cherries
  • 275 ml water
  • 150 g sugar
  • half a lemon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • half a teaspoon almond extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 75 ml cherry or pomegranate juice
Maraschino cherries ingredients
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  • cherry pitter
  • medium saucepan
  • 1 large or 2 small jars with lids

Maraschino Cherries

30 minutes 10 people Desserts

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Preparation – 10 minutes

Pit the cherries, making sure the stems stay on and set them aside.

Ensure you have a large jar with a lid, or 2 small jars with lids, ready. You can easily sterilise these by boiling the clean jars in water for a few minutes.

Maraschino cherries
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Finishing the maraschino cherries – 20 minutes + waiting time

Squeeze the juice from half a lemon and add it to a medium saucepan. Mix in the measured water, sugar, vanilla extract, almond extract, a pinch of salt, and the cherry or pomegranate juice.

Heat until the sugar is completely dissolved, then add the pitted cherries.

Simmer gently for 10 minutes, but make sure the cherries don't overcook otherwise they will disintegrate.

Add the cherries, with the syrup, to the jar(s) and twist on the lids to seal. Let the cherries cool then store them in the fridge. After a few days, they will be ready to use. Enjoy!

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Maraschino Cherries: frequently asked questions

How long can you store maraschino cherries for?

These cocktails cherries will keep for several weeks in the fridge. If you want to keep the cocktail cherries longer, you need to sterilise the jars by boiling them in water for a few minutes after filling them.

Is there maraschino liqueur in maraschino cherries?

My version is alcohol-free, but maraschino liqueur is usually used.

Where can I buy cocktail cherries/maraschino cherries?

In days gone by, maraschino cherries were readily available at most supermarkets. Nowadays, unfortunately, cocktail cherries are often only available online.

Why don't homemade maraschino cherries have the same colour as jarred cocktail cherries?

Factory cherries have undergone a chemical process which gives them their characteristic bright red/bright pink colour. With homemade maraschino cherries, no unnatural additives are used, so they will be less lurid in colour.