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Michigan Maraschino Cherries Recipe for Cocktails and Mocktails

Oct 14, 2023Kim Gamez

Are you tired of the same old boring cocktails and mocktails? Looking to add a little pizzazz to your drinks? Well, look no further! We've got the perfect recipe to take your libations to the next level: Michigan Maraschino Cherries! These little bursts of fruity goodness will have your taste buds doing a happy dance.

What are Michigan Maraschino Cherries?

Before we dive into the recipe, let's talk about what makes Michigan Maraschino Cherries so special. These cherries are grown in the beautiful cherry orchards of Michigan, where the climate and soil create the perfect conditions for growing the juiciest, most flavorful cherries around. They're then carefully hand-picked and preserved in a sweet syrup, giving them that signature maraschino taste.

Why should you use Michigan Maraschino Cherries?

Now, you might be thinking, "Why should I bother with fancy cherries? Can't I just use the ones from the jar at the grocery store?" Well, my friend, let me tell you why Michigan Maraschino Cherries are worth the extra effort:

1. Bursting with Flavor: These cherries are so much more than just a garnish. They add a pop of sweetness and tanginess to your drinks that will have you coming back for more.

2. Elevate Your Cocktails: Whether you're mixing up a classic Old Fashioned or getting creative with a new cocktail creation, adding a Michigan Maraschino Cherry will take your drink from ordinary to extraordinary.

3. Impress Your Guests: Want to be the host or hostess with the mostest? Serve up a cocktail with a Michigan Maraschino Cherry, and your guests will be oohing and aahing over your mixology skills.

Michigan Maraschino Cherry Recipe

Now that you're convinced that Michigan Maraschino Cherries are a game-changer, let's get down to business. Here's a simple recipe to make your own cherries at home:

 

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Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh Michigan cherries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Instructions:

  1. Start by pitting the cherries. You can use a cherry pitter or a small knife to carefully remove the pits.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the water, sugar, lemon juice, and almond extract. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the cherries to the saucepan and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for about 5 minutes, until the cherries are tender.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let the cherries cool in the syrup.
  5. Once cooled, transfer the cherries and syrup to a jar or airtight container. Store in the refrigerator for at least 24 hours before using.

And voila! You now have your very own homemade Michigan Maraschino Cherries ready to take your drinks to new heights.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab some fresh Michigan cherries and get pitting! Your taste buds will thank you, and your drinks will never be the same again. Cheers!

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