Make A Sophisticated Cherry Lemonade With Maraschino Liqueur

Make A Sophisticated Cherry Lemonade With Maraschino Liqueur

Happy weekend, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we’re making an elevated, adult version of one of my favourite sippers: Cherry lemonade.

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Rather than lean on cherry juice or cloying syrup, this lemonade gets its cherry kick from Maraschino, a tart, dry liqueur made from whole cherries (including the pits, which give it a very pleasing hint of almond). Where most cocktails use it as an accent, this drink uses a whole 30ml of the stuff.

Couple that with vodka (so as not to distract from the Maraschino) and lemonade, and you have a delightful beverage, perfect for surreptitiously sipping on at a company picnic or family reunion. To make it, you will need:

  • 45ml vodka
  • 30ml Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
  • 60ml lemonade

Combine everything in a shaker full of ice and shake until it is well chilled. Strain into some sort of receptacle that is also filled with ice. Drink it and be glad.