Substituting Kirsch for Maraschino?
I recently went out and bought a decent bottle of kirschwasser for cheese fondue. While looking through various cocktail books, I notice there are some cocktails that call for maraschino liqueur. Are kirsch and maraschino close enough in taste that I could easily substitute one for the other, or should I keep the kirsch on the shelf for the fondue? And what all can I do with the kirsch besides add it to fondue?
The only things kirsch and maraschino have in common are that they're both made of cherries and contain alcohol. Maraschino is sweet and has a very unique flavor that is not very cherry-like. So, not a good substitute.
Kirsch isn't going to go bad anytime soon, so don't worry about it sitting around.
I love to drink it straight after a meal in cooler months. But it's pretty potent stuff. Try flambeeing with it if you aren't drinking it.