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Maraschino and Kirsch

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  • waljaco
    Maraschino (pronounced Maraskino) is a clear, relatively dry liqueur made from sour or morello cherries (Prunus cerasus marasca), including the crushed pits
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 19, 2001
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      Maraschino (pronounced Maraskino) is a clear, relatively dry liqueur
      made from sour or morello cherries (Prunus cerasus marasca),
      including the crushed pits which give it a subtle bitter almond
      flavour.
      Originally made in the region known as Dalmatia (now a part of
      Croatia). Since 1947 it is made in the Veneto region of Italy by the
      Luxardo company.
      Fistly crushed cherry stones are macerated in alcohol and then
      redistilled to produce an alcohol with a bitter almond flavor.
      Marasca cherries are partially fermented and the fermentation is
      stopped when there is still residual sugar, by the addition of
      alcohol. This is then pressed out and the free run is used to produce
      a sweet cherry brandy liqueur (Cherry Brandy). The alcohol which had
      been redistilled from macerating crushed cherry stones is added to
      this pressed cherry pomace and macerated for 2 months. Then it is
      redistilled and aged for 3 years in ash vats. The final alcohol
      content is 32%.

      Kirsch is a clear, non sweet, eau-de-vie made from a sour or morello
      cherry mash in a similar manner to calvados and slivovitz.

      Wal
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