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Nov 10, 2011 02:19 PM

luxardo maraschino liqueur

So I finally coughed up the dough and purchased a bottle last weekend. I attempted to mix a riff on a Papa Doble. I used the following ratios:

2 oz. white cuban Rum (sub’d with Don Q)
1 oz. Lime juice
1/4 oz. Maraschino Liqueur
1/4 oz. Grapefruit juice

I couldn’t really put a finger on the maraschino flavor, but it almost tasted like a semi-tart lemonade. Are there any other applications that I can experiment with?

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  1. I'd say the flag-ship is the Aviation. Feel free to make it without the Creme de Violette if you don't have any. (A bottle will last a lifetime.) There are many ratios. I prefer a light hand with the Maraschino, and an even lighter hand with the Creme de Violette. Something like:

    Aviation Cocktail
    by Hugo Ensslin, Hotel Wallick, New York, NY

    2 1/2 oz Gin
    3/4 oz Lemon juice
    2 t Maraschino Liqueur, Luxardo
    1 t Crème de Violette (optional. Or Crème Yvette)

    Shake 1st three ingredients, strain, straight up, cocktail glass. Drizze Crème de Violette on top.

    If you have Green Chartreuse, I'd make a Last Word right away. It's a fantastic cocktail. There are lots of variations, include Phil Ward's Final Ward.

    Last Word
    by Frank Fogarty, Detroit Athletic Club, Detroit

    3/4 oz Gin
    3/4 oz Maraschino Liqueur
    3/4 oz Green Chartreuse
    3/4 oz Lime juice

    Shake, strain, straight up, cocktail glass

    Use 1 oz gin for a slightly dryer version.

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    10 Replies
    1. re: EvergreenDan

      I know I am probably sounding stupid here, BUT is Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur the liquid surrouding cherries in a jar, or a special liquer?

      1. re: sharhamm

        Not a stupid question, it's an Italian liqueur.

        1. re: sharhamm

          Yes, a reasonable confusion. They are totally different. Maraschino liqueur does not really taste of cherry at a all. It has a funky distinctive taste. It is a bit of an acquired taste. I find that a little goes a long way. Some recipes call for a full 1/2 oz of Maraschino in an Aviation. I find that this is way too much for me, and obscures the gin. Similarly, too much Creme de Violette make the drink taste like Granny's soap.

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        2. re: EvergreenDan

          I'm going to Cincinnati this weekend and I do plan on stopping at the party source. Hopefully I'll be able to score a smaller bottle of chartreuse. I think I can get a bottle of cdv locally for around $23, might be worth it to pickup a bottle.

          1. re: pete k

            Try to find Rothman and Winter. Or try the new Creme de Yvette. I haven't had it yet, but it is much softer in the violette, with vanilla tones (I've read). To me, it sounds more appealing.

            Look at the price on the Green Chartreuse. I bought a 375ml bottle and then ended up buying a full bottle some 4 or 6 months later. It could have been cheaper to have bought the 750 from the start.

            1. re: EvergreenDan

              I actually drank it neat after a dinner out in NYC the other night. I thought it was good like an after dinner drink.

              1. re: Teraesa22

                I hope you're referring to Green Chartreuse, not Creme de Violette. Really. For your sake. ;)

              2. re: EvergreenDan

                I think Creme de Yvette is still only available in New York and California. I bought a bottle online and it's definately got vanilla/berry flavors in it.

                I make maraschino cherries with Luxardo and cognac.

                1. re: mtoo

                  MA too (at least). I haven't braved a bottle. After I fit the Creme de Violette and Parfait Amour in my coffin, there's not much more room.

                  1. re: EvergreenDan

                    It's available at the party source in Kentucky...I believe it was about $43 a bottle.

          2. Maraschino, Chartreuse, Creme Yvette, all brilliant in so many different applications! A little bit usually goes a long way, and waiting till you find a great quality Creme Yvette is what I'd advise. There's a relatively new French one on the market that's really pretty and natural tasting, bottle looks sort of squat, clear glass with a pink hued violet liqueur inside. Says on the bottle that it's delicieux. Believe. Make yourself a French 75 with that replacing the simple syrup and I'm pretty sure you'll have happy dinner guests.