One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A strong, sweet liqueur made from a variety of small bitter cherries.
- ‘Take two shots of Havana Club light three-year-old rum, half a shot of freshly squeezed lime juice, a teaspoon of sugar and an eighth of maraschino liqueur.’
- ‘Fill the glass two-thirds full of ice and add the pineapple syrup, raspberry vodka, and maraschino liqueur.’
- ‘Some think the drink originated with a concoction of sweet Old Tom gin, vermouth, bitters and maraschino developed by a San Francisco bartender in the 1860s.’
- ‘The glass is rimmed with cinnamon-sugar and filled with a blend of Goldschlagger, maraschino liqueur and apple juice.’
- ‘On a whim I added some maraschino liqueur and a few dashes of orange bitters to the Auchentoshan, stirred the drink over ice, and sampled it.’
- 1.1 A maraschino cherry.
- ‘You could for example, order your maraschinos in custom colors and flavors.’
- ‘He plopped several maraschinos into the dollop of whipped cream, then plucked one out.’
- ‘We barbecued, went out for Italian ices (I had FDNY Cherry, which has tiny little bits of chopped maraschinos in it) and just enjoyed the company of each other.’
- ‘The modern processing of these sundae toppers is detailed in this article about Johnson Fruit where they produce maraschinos in blue curaçao, orange citrus, and white piña colada flavors.’
- ‘Many people, including those behind the bar, avoid using maraschinos because they fear they are harmful.’
Italian, from marasca (the name of the cherry), from amaro ‘bitter’, from Latin amarus.
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