Have you ever had a real maraschino cherry? Let me answer for you: no.
Melissa Clark of the NYT writes on the lost art of maraschino cherries and turns to cherry-making. She includes recipes for both Maraschino Cherries and Spiced Brandied Cherries.
She concludes, of course, "that the best things are worth the bother." Amen.
Read the entire article - I'm busy trying to find sour cherries and maraschino liqueur - in Alabama!