1. Sure, those bright red maraschino cherries might look pretty in your cocktail, but that’s where the fun stops.
3. This is a bowl of real, authentic, bona fide cherries that might be harvested in Oregon or Washington.
4. At the processing center, the cherries are bleached in a solution of calcium chloride and sulfur dioxide until they turn yellow. Next, they’re marinated in huge vats of high fructose corn syrup and Red #4.
Which isn’t the most natural process.
5. Next, they show up in your old-fashioned, polluting the pure, innocent sweetness of bourbon.
7. They can also come in multiple fake colors, which means the cherries can be subjected to another bath of artificial color and/or flavor.
8. If you want to enjoy the taste of maraschinos without all the bleach and chemicals, you can always make your own.
Here’s a recipe from the Cupcake Project.