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.
Contributions by Giovanni Giove, Zenanarh, and Jesuislafete.