5 Classic Maraschino Liqueur Cocktails

Here are the best Maraschino liqueur cocktails to make with a bottle! These classic cocktails look stunning and are full of flavor.

Maraschino liqueur

Got a bottle of Maraschino liqueur and not sure what to do with it? Or deciding whether to buy some? Either way, let’s be clear: this cherry-flavored liqueur is not the liquid in a jar of maraschino cherries! This clear liquor is an ingredient that features in a good handful of classic cocktails that originated in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. It’s full of great flavor and a lot of history!

Here’s a little bit about Maraschino liqueur, and our top classic cocktails to make with it:

  • Maraschino liqueur is a clear, cherry-flavored liqueur that’s used in many classic cocktails. The flavor is dry with a hint of sweet, with sour cherry and almond notes.
  • How much does Maraschino liqueur cost? It costs about $30 for a bottle. There are several brands of maraschino liqueur: a popular one is Luxardo Maraschino liqueur, which should be easy to find at your local liquor store.
  • What cocktails use Maraschino liqueur? This liqueur is absolutely buying for the at-home home bartender! What drinks can you make with it? We’re glad you asked…

And now…the best classic Maraschino liqueur cocktails!

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Martinez cocktail

Martinez Cocktail

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


The Martinez cocktail is a true classic! A cousin to the Martini and Manhattan, it’s sophisticated and classy: perfect for slow sipping. 



  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) gin
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) sweet vermouth
  • 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) Maraschino liqueur
  • 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • For the garnish: orange peel


  1. Combine the gin, sweet vermouth, and Maraschino liqueur in a cocktail mixing glass (or any other type of glass). Fill the mixing glass with 1 handful ice and stir continuously for 30 seconds.
  2. Strain the drink into a cocktail glass.
  3. Use a knife to remove a strip of the orange peel. Squeeze the orange peel into the drink to release the oils. Gently run the peel around the edge of the glass. If desired, twist it, then place it in the glass and serve.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Maraschino Liqueur Cocktails

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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