Wicked Waldo’s Whiskeys 10: The Merry Widow Cocktail

21 Oct

The Merry Widow Cocktail

1 1/4 ounce Maraschino *

1 1/4 ounce wild cherry flavored brandy

Stir well with cracked ice.

Serve in 3 ounce cocktail glass.

Garnish with a cherry.


*  Maraschino is a bittersweet, clear liqueur flavored with Marasca cherries, which are originary from Dalmatia (Croatia) and today, mostly grow around the city of Zadar and in Torreglia (near Padua in Northern Italy).

The liqueur’s distinctive flavor comes from the Marasca cherries, and the crushed cherry pits lend an almond-like flavor to Maraschino. Honey is also part of the ancient recipe. The distillate matures for at least two years in ashwood vats, since this wood does not lend its colour to the liqueur, and is then diluted and sugared. It is typically bottled in a straw-coated bottle.

The first known recipe for this liqueur was written by the apothecaries of the Dominican monastery at Zadar, in the Venetian Dalmatia, at the beginning of the 16th century. It was known as Rosolio, a kind of similar sweet liquer, whose name came from the word “ros solis“— “the sun dew.” In the 18th century this liqueur was named Maraschino, as it was produced from the essence of ripe fruits of the cherry marasca, as well as from the leaves of its sprigs. In the agrarian regions of Dalmatia Rosolio survived as the name of a traditional home made liqueur made from marasca cherries.




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