Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur (750ml) (Previously $32)
The bouquet is lovely, balanced, properly astringent, ripe and juicy with scents of cherry stone and cherry juice. The palate entry is decadently sweet and textured with vibrant tastes of cherry compote and cherry preserves at midpalate. The finish is svelte, moderately syrupy and downright delicious. An outstanding liqueur: use it in an Aviation Cocktail.
From Esquire Magazine: "For every great new bar popping up that knows how to turn out a life-changing cocktail, there are two or three that look like they do but don't. There's one sure way of telling them apart: Look for the Luxardo. The tall, straw-covered green bottle has a way of standing out, and if the bar cares about its cocktails, it will be prominently displayed. Not because Luxardo's maraschino liqueur is one of the world's great spirits, a complex, funky distillation of sour cherries that can kick a cocktail into overdrive. And not because the Aviation--in which it's paired with lemon juice and gin--is a classic. But because in recent years, this combination has made Luxardo such an object of cult worship among mixologists that its presence is as good as a sign saying, EXCELLENT DRINKS MADE HERE." (David Wondrich, 09/07)