Luxardo is the first name in production of the liqueur Maraschino. Following the firm’s expulsion from Zara in Dalmatia, now Zadar, the Luxardo family established itself in the Colli Euganei near Padova, outside Venice.
Marasca cherries also produce what could be called the “original” maraschino cherry, Marasche, candied and then jarred with Maraschino syrup. Cooking down these cherries produces a tart, chunky preserve Amarascata, good on breakfast toast and as the cherry base for pastries. For 2008, we offer these products in a gift box so that you can enjoy all three of these cherry delights. If you need extra Marasche cherries, we have them too.
Some Luxardo products are indispensable for use in mixed drink or cocktails. Eric Felten, columnist for The Wall Street Journal and author of How’s Your Drink, 2007, recommends the use of Luxardo Marasche in cocktails calling for cherries. He also is a great fan of orange bitters and the best on the market now is Angostura Orange Bitters. Made by the noted West Indies firm, they have just come back on the market after a long absence.
To make several historic cocktails, it was necessary to have Old Tom gin, a sweetened version of gin that fell out of favor in the early 1900s. Now it is back. Hayman's Old Tom Gin is available from England and it makes a delightful change of pace from the dry gins. It is also indispensable in making the Martinez cocktail, the ancestor of the Martini. But then to make a really delectable cocktail you need really fine vermouth and this is found in Carpano Antica Formula, original 1786 formula for vermouth.
Here is the recipe for a Martinez cocktail from my copy of Jerry Thomas’ Bartenders Guide (1887).
1 dash of Boker’s bitters (use Angostura Orange Bitters)
Shake up thoroughly, and strain into a large cocktail glass. Put a quarter of a slice of lemon in the glass and serve.
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