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Jun 30, 2012 07:39 AM

Luxardo maraschino liquor versus Leopold Bros?

Has anyone compared these? Are they comparable for use in cocktails? I wanted to get a bottle of Luxardo to make martinezes, but saw the Leopold Bros version and wondered if it might be better. I've liked just about everything Leopold Bros has made that I've tried. But I've been told that the Luxardo isn't really a fruity liquor and doesn't taste like cherries particularly.

Any thoughts?

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  1. The two are unrelated. One is a liqueur made from a sour cherry infusion. The other is a liqueur made from the distillate of an infusion of Marasca cherries and their pits (besides the crushed pits adding flavor, it is passed over a still so it will taste different).

    Closer to Leopold would be other cherry liqueurs like Cherry Heering, Luxardo Sangue Morlacco, and Finger Lakes Distilling Cherry Liqueur.

    The only proper liqueur for a Martinez is Maraschino liqueur whether it comes from Luxardo, Stock, Maraska, or other manufacturer.

    The Leopold Cherry would work well in cherry-flavored liqueur drinks like Blood and Sand and Remember the Maine.

    2 Replies
    1. re: yarm

      Are you confusing the Leopold Bros Tart Cherry Liqueur with their Maraschino Liqueur? They produce(d) both. I have visited their distillery and tasted the Maraschino Liqueur. It is an alternative to Luxardo (and others). It's very nice. Leopold Bros really does it right.

      1. re: kristar

        Apparently. I had only heard of their cherry liqueur. My bad.

    2. Leopold Bros Maraschino is definitely comparable to Luxardo for us in cocktails. Its slightly less sweet than Luxardo (Still sweet -- but honey instead of sugar) and has a really great cherry flavor that seems much more real than Luxardos. LB's has a great cherry aroma -- both of these products should be a distillate of cherries, rather than cherry juice (although Leopolds also has a cherry liqueur that is, essentially, spiked cherry juice. Yum!).

      1. Excellent information - I too was misled by the Tart Cherry Liquer versus the Maraschino Liqueur. Sounds like the Maraschino is worth trying. THanks!