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Maraschino Cherries: From Harvest to Jar

Spring is just around the corner and that means cherry blossoms will be busting open in no time! Bright and sweet, Maraschino cherries are a fond favorite from our childhood but how are they made? Check out this Throwback Thursday clip of Kathy Casey on the hunt, touring the beautiful cherry orchards of Washington and Oregon to see how the maraschino cherry is made from harvest to jar.

Want a nice cocktail to go with those d’lish cherries? Try making up a JBT Blue Barrel Aged Cocktail. By the time it’s ready to serve, those beautiful cherry blossoms will be filling up the cherry trees. Barrel aging a cocktail is a fun and simple way to add mellow and nuanced spice to a cocktail. Check out Woodinville Whiskey Co. for barrels both large and small.

JBT Blue Barrel Aged Cocktail

Makes 1 cocktail

1 – 750 ml bottle bourbon

2 cups red vermouth

1 1/2 cups silver tequila

1 1/2 cups triple sec

1 cup Campari

Stir ingredients together in a large pitcher. Add to barrel using a funnel. For a small barrel, age for around three weeks, tasting samples each week. Tip: fill barrel with water and soak overnight to deter leaks. When serving, pour out enough for one cocktail. Stir with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

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