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Dec 13, 2012 08:30 PM

What is a suitable substitute for Maraschino liqueur?

I live in Utah. As far as I can tell, it is not available in this state period. the list of available liquors is posted to the DABC's website and I can't find any. Thanks!

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  1. I hate to say it, but I don't think there is one. Maraschino does not taste at all of fresh cherries. It has a funky, earthy taste more in common with an herbal liqueur than cherry juice or even Cherry Heering.

    My only suggestion -- and it isn't a good one -- would be Kirsch (or Kirschwasser), the eau-de-vie of cherry. Like Maraschino, it is made with the cherry pits included. You would have to add sugar to compensate, since an equ-de-vie is unsweetened.

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    1. There is no substitute, unfortunately. There's nothing else quite like it. It's a very unique taste that I personally love, and it is an integral part of many classic drinks. I'm sorry to hear it is unavailable in your state. I hope that changes soon.

      1. Jump in the car and drive to Nevada? Liquor road trip?

        1. I tried to make an Aviation with kirsch and it wasn't the same--picked up some Luxardo the next day.