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Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur in NYC? [Moved from Spirits board]

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bobbyrab Jun 25, 2006 02:43 PM

Anyone in NY have any ideas where I can buy a bottle of Luxardo Maraschino liqueur in order to make a proper Aviation cocktail? Sherry-Lehman does not carry it, nor do other midtown liquor stores I have tried. I have a bottle of Stock, but I understand that Luxardo is the standard-bearer.

Thanks!

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    gromit RE: bobbyrab Jun 25, 2006 06:09 PM

    Not that this is any specific help, but I also strongly recommend the Maraska brand of Maraschino liqueuer. It tends to be more difficult to find even than Luxardo, but if you spot it, it's good stuff! I haven't compared the two directly to really be able to say if one's better than the other.

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      MikeG RE: bobbyrab Jun 26, 2006 11:29 AM

      Park Ave. liquor (on Madison near 42nd St.) was able to get it from their distributor a couple of years ago. Other than that, I spent about a week once trying to find someone who had it on the shelves. Unless someone's sneaked a bottle or two into their store since then, forget it.

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        MikeG RE: bobbyrab Jun 26, 2006 11:31 AM

        Park Ave. liquor (on Madison near 42nd St.) was able to get it from their distributor a couple of years ago. Other than that, I spent about a week once trying to find someone who had it on the shelves. Unless someone's sneaked a bottle or two into their store since then, forget it.

        1. danoots RE: bobbyrab Jun 26, 2006 09:51 PM

          I got my bottle at Park Ave. liquor a couple months ago, and they had more in stock... can't imagine this moves too quickly.

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            bobbyrab RE: bobbyrab Jun 27, 2006 09:34 PM

            Thanks to all for you suggestions. I snagged a bottle today at Astor Wines & Spirits and just had the opportunity to try some straight. It tastes much more complex than the Stock maraschino with both a hint of sweetness and bitterness all at once. Tonight I will try the venerated Aviation Cocktail!

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              BHAppeal RE: bobbyrab Jun 29, 2006 12:52 AM

              As someone who has only had the Maraska -- pretty much the only brand I've seen here in Los Angeles -- I'm curious to know how it compares to the Luxardo or Stock. Has anyone tried all three?

              1. efdee RE: bobbyrab Jun 29, 2006 08:47 PM

                OK, what's in an Aviation cocktail and how did yours come out? I have a bottle of Stock maraschino liqueur and I'd love to try it. TIA

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                  bobbyrab RE: bobbyrab Jun 29, 2006 09:37 PM

                  OK, there are variations but here is the one I made:

                  1 1/4 oz. of gin
                  1/4 oz. maraschino liqueur
                  1/4 oz. lemon juice (to taste)

                  Shake it with crushed ice and serve in a cocktail glass..delicious and oh-so classic!

                  1. bolletje RE: bobbyrab Jul 1, 2006 07:32 PM

                    hi Bobbyrab,
                    I'm glad that you found Luxardo at Astor Place.
                    I know that LeNell's in Red Hook also carries it, and other crazy hard to find liquors. It was the only place in town I was able to find Parfait Amour.

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