Cocktail Friday: Moonshine Cherries

by Emily Steers on 03/25/2011

Yesterday, I tweeted about my first taste of Moonshine Cherries.  Figured they’d make a great blog for Cocktail Friday!

You’ve all heard of Maraschino cherries, right?  They go on top of sundaes, in amaretto sours, and are either loved or abhored by the people who eat them.

I, personally, can eat them by the gallon.

They get their name from the type of cherries used (marasca), and the liquer made from said cherries that the candied variety used to be steeped in.

Bet you didn’t know that!  Maraschino cherries used to be nice little booze bombs of flavor, before they got family friendly.  Now they’re steeped in deliciously viscous syrups of HFCS, red dye, and who knows what else.

Seeing candied cherries suspended in booze is pretty traditional– but I’ve never seen them suspended in 100-proof, neutral grain spirits before.  This sh*t could power a rocket if you wanted it to.

If you’re interested in making your own, there are recipes. I’d try this one from CupcakeProject.

I recall my friend Randy writing an article about home made maraschino cherries at one point– is it the Imbibe article this lady references?  If you’ve got a link, friend, send it along!

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Stef at TooMuchToDoSoLittleTime.com March 25, 2011 at 1:09 PM

I have a jar of Maraschino cherries in my fridge that I had planned on making vodka spiked chocolate covered cherries two Christmases ago… Yep, you guessed it… they’ve been soaking for over TWO years… I had one last December… WHOA! Talk about strong.

I bet soaking them in a really good Amaretto would be even better!

On the non-alcoholic kind, I take frozen cherries and pour Amaretto flavored coffee syrup over them. Let them soak a bit and then add vanilla ice cream… cherries soaked in real Amaretto would be even better! OK… hitting store tonight or tomorrow just to buy some to get them soaking… YUM!

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emily March 28, 2011 at 2:03 PM

i LOVE the almondy flavor of maraschino cherries. in amaretto? so smart. so so so smart.

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Stef January 4, 2012 at 4:17 AM

Love the moonshine cherries had never thought about trying other alcohol and I adore Stef’s idea of the kid-friendly cherries. You guys are giving me so many ideas! Thanks!

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liz @ btb March 25, 2011 at 1:16 PM

Yuuumo. I’ve had real moonshine before. The girl who I got it from brought me to the creek in her backyard where she pulled a really long rope out of the water. One end of the rope was tied to a tree and the other end was tied to a mason jar full of white lightening. Yowzah. It was beyond strong.

Gotta love hillbillies in East Tennessee!

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