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Fresh Berries in Maraschino

Description

Maraschino liqueur is a clear, not-too-sweet elixir made from sour cherries; well-known producers include Luxardo and Stock. Delicate hints of pepper, nuts and, of course, cherries have earned maraschino a welcome role in the Italian fruit salad called "Macedonia." Here, just enough is added to subtly sweeten and enhance the summer's best berries.

Category
Desserts
Cuisine
Italian
Source
Toni Lydecker
Number of Servings
Serves 4
Ingredients
3 cups strawberries, stemmed
1 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons maraschino liqueur
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 to 2 tablespoons lightly toasted, slivered almonds
Directions
Wash the strawberries and blueberries and blot dry with paper towels. Slice the strawberries, and combine the fruit in a medium-sized, nonreactive container. Gently stir in the maraschino liqueur and lemon juice, and seal the container; place the nuts in a reclosable plastic bag.

To pack: Store the fruit and nuts in an ice chest, protected from direct contact with ice. Remove one to two hours before serving. To serve: Divide half of the fruit between 4 glass or plastic wine glasses; sprinkle half of the nuts on top. Repeat layers once more, drizzling any liquid in the container over the fruit.
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