Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Homemade Maraschino Cherries are easier than you think! Add them to your tarts, cakes, pies, cupcakes, and ice cream.

Preparation 1 hour
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 1:20


  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 1/2 fluid ounces lemon juice
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 large orange peel, just the peel
  • 1 pound cherries, pitted


  1. Place all ingredients, except the cherries, into a 2 quart saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat until a you reach a low simmer. Stir a few times until the sugar has completely dissolved.
  2. Add the cherries and continue to simmer for ten minutes. Give the sauce a taste-test to see if it has taken on a cherry flavor.
  3. Pour out cherries and juice into a large bowl and cool to room temperature. To speed up the process, place the bowl in the fridge for 1 hour.
  4. Transfer into one quart jars or an air-tight container and refrigerate for at least three days to a week before eating.


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