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Luxardo PSA: Don’t Store Your Cherries in the Fridge

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Hello world. Today I’d like to offer a valuable piece of information regarding Luxardo Maraschino Cherries.

DO NOT STORE LUXARDO MARASCHINO CHERRIES IN THE FRIDGE AS THEY WILL CRYSTALIZE. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT YOU STORE THEM IN A COOL, DARK PLACE OUT OF DIRECT SUNLIGHT, SUCH AS IN A CUPBOARD.

Easy enough, right? And well worth it, as these cherries are quite spectacular. How spectacular? Well, they serve as the base for Luxardo Maraschino, which legendary cocktail historian David Wondrich describes as, “An object of cult worship among mixologists. Its presence is as good as a sign saying, EXCELLENT DRINKS MADE HERE.”

So these little cherries are quite significant, and they are perfect for garnishing your favorite cocktails. Luxardo owns and manages the largest Marasca sour cherry orchards in Europe, with 30,000 trees located on the Euganean Hills near Padua and Venice in the Veneto region of Northeastern Italy. It is from these orchards that Luxardo Maraschino cherries are sourced, with the final product consisting of whole, pitted cherries packed in pure Marasca cherry syrup. Luxardo Cherries are available in a 400 gram jar (approx. 75 cherries), 3KG tin (approx. 500 cherries and 5.6KG tin (approx. 1000 cherries).


Comments

  1. W. Blake Gray | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

    You’re omitting crucial information. How long will they last at room temperature, and how long in the fridge? Is this just a plot to get us to buy a new bottle sooner?


  2. Anchor Distilling Blog | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

    Greetings Mr. Gray, thank you for pointing this omission out; I’d expect nothing less from a journalist of your caliber. This is difficult to answer as the cherries are so delicious that the limits of shelf life after opening haven’t been tested in a documented case that we’re aware of, though the unopened cherries do have an approximate shelf life of three years.

    In all seriousness, we’ve reached out to the production folks at Luxardo for the most up to date information regarding shelf life after opening and will pass that information along once we have it.

    Regarding shelf life in the fridge, this is highly discouraged as it’s only a matter of time before the sugars crystallize, rendering the cherries useless, which is certain to be a sad and awkward experience.

    Thanks!


  3. W. Blake Gray | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

    Alan, I’ve been using those crystallized-sugar cherries in my cocktails, and I don’t feel any sadder or more awkward than usual.


  4. Anchor Distilling Blog | Tuesday, February 4, 2014

    Good point, though consider how amazing those same cocktails would be using structurally intact cherries? I predict pure amazingness.


  5. Gino | Wednesday, February 5, 2014

    Anchor – Do you know who I can purchase these thru, a distributor or store, in Sydney? If not, could you possibly find out thru your connection to Luxardo?
    Thank you


  6. Anchor Distilling Blog | Thursday, February 6, 2014

    Great questions Gino, we’re looking into that as well. Will follow up soon with info. THX!


  7. Anchor Distilling Blog | Tuesday, February 11, 2014

    GINO: RE Australia, the company is Arquilla and the person to contact is Mr. Maurizio Uggè at maurizio@arquilla.com


  8. Chad | Sunday, March 9, 2014

    Anymore info. on how to store the cherries after opening? Just looking for some best practices. I love them in my whiskey, but would never be able to go through a whole jar in one sitting. Tried the fridge, just crystallized like stated above. Thought maybe I would try the wine fridge next time, not as cold in there. Any info you could provide would be great!


  9. Alan Kropf | Monday, March 17, 2014

    @Chad: This answer really depends on the climate in which you live. Generally speaking, the best place to store the cherries is in a cool dry place like a cupboard with the lid on tightly closed. The fridge (or temperatures below 40F) tend to freeze the cherries. A warmer storage like a wine fridge is also a great option.


  10. Zeke | Monday, April 14, 2014

    Rats! Too late on this PSA – I bought and split a big can and stored them in the fridge and now I have crystallized cherries! Didn’t happen to the first couple of jars I bought but any suggestions for un-crystallizing would be welcome at this point.

    Thanks!



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