Anchor Distilling

Luxardo

Padova, Italy

A Full Range of Authentic Italian Liqueurs by the Makers of the Legendary Luxardo Maraschino

The Beginning of Maraschino

Luxardo is a family-owned company founded in Zara, a port city on the Dalmatian coast of what is now Croatia. Girolamo Luxardo, a Genovese businessman, and his wife, Maria Canevari, moved to Zara in 1817. It was Maria who began perfecting "rosolio maraschino," a liqueur produced in Dalmatian convents since medieval times from special maraschino cherries. Canevari's liqueur was of such high quality that it gained the attention of connoisseurs, and her husband founded the Luxardo Distillery in 1821 to produce her original Maraschino. Not long afterwards, the Emperor of Austria awarded the Luxardo liqueur the highest honor "Privilegiata Fabbrica Maraschino Excelsior." The distillery remained under the family's control and prospered by exporting the liqueur to aficionados around the world. The Maraschino liqueur became an essential cocktail ingredient internationally, and is found in classics such as the Last Word, Martinez and Hemingway cocktails of the late 19th and early 20th century. The distillery also expanded to create other fruit-based and herbal liqueurs such as Bitter, Limoncello and Amaro Abano.

Relocation to Italy

In 1913, Michelangelo Luxardo built the most modern and massive distillery in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. This building survived World War I; but was ultimtely destroyed in World War II by Anglo-American bombings. Only one member of the fourth generation, Giorgio Luxardo, survived the World War II invasion and fled to Italy. Escaping with only a cherry sapling, Giorgio crossed the Adriatic Sea to the Veneto region of northeast Italy and reconnected with a colleague who had saved the Luxardo recipe book. Armed with the surviving tools and a desire to reestablish his family's legacy, Giorgio chose the small Veneto city of Torreglia to rebuild the distillery in 1946. At this new home, Luxardo restored its extensive product line of Italian liqueurs and continued to export the products to markets around the world. Luxardo continues to produce Maraschino to Maria Canevari's original recipe, as it was written down in 1821. Today, Luxardo is operated by Franco Luxardo of the family's fifth generation, along with members of the sixth.


Products:

Luxardo Maraschino
Luxardo Maraschino

The Luxardo Maraschino follows the original recipe from 1821, and requires four years to produce. Cherries are harvested from Luxardo's own trees and the solid components are then infused in larchwood vats for three years. The product is distilled in small copper pot stills and aged in Finnish ash wood for the remaining year. Finally, a combination of sugar and water is added before bottling. Certified Kosher. 32% ABV

Tasting Notes:

Luxardo Maraschino is distilled from the leaves, pits, stems and skins of Luxardo sour marasca cherries, creating a complex liqueur with a persistent cherry aroma. Smooth but sharp, this liqueur has a rounded flavor with notes of cherries and rosewater.

  • ★★★★★ Highest Recommendation - F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal
  • "An object of cult worship among mixologists. Its presence is as good as a sign saying EXCELLENT DRINKS MADE HERE" - David Wondrich, Esquire Magazine
Luxardo Cherry Sangue Morlacco Liqueur
Luxardo Cherry "Sangue Morlacco" Liqueur

This is the second product Luxardo created. Produced entirely from Luxardo cherry juice, it rests in oak for nine months to undergo a natural fermentation into a "cherry wine." It is then fortified, sweetened and bottled. Italian poet/patriot Gabriele d'Annunzio christened this liqueur "Sangue Morlacco" (Morlacco Blood) in honor of the Morlaccos, the fierce warriors of Dalmatia who fought for the Republic of Venice and defended their homeland against the Turks. Certified Kosher. 30% ABV

Tasting Notes:

Good body, very rounded on the palate.Quite different from normal cherry-brandies, both through the intensity of the cherry's typical taste (here decidedly enhanced), and through the surprising expansion of the after-taste, which makes it priceless when combined with pure chocolate.

  • 92 Points, Best Buy - Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2013
  • 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries
Luxardo Original Maraschino Cherries

Luxardo Maraschino Cherries are proprietary sour marasca cherries that are candied and steeped in a syrup made of cherry juice and sugar. The Luxardo family exclusively cultivates over 30,000 Marasca Cherry trees in the Veneto region of Italy. This product is all natural, with no coloring agents added. Certified Kosher.

Tasting Notes:

Unlike the imitation neon variety, Luxardo maraschino cherries are candied fresh. They are dark and decadent with the rich flavor of a real sour marasca cherry.

  • "The 25 Products We Can't Cook (or Live) Without" - Bon Appetit, 2013
  • Gold Medal - Bruxelles World Mond Selection, 2012
Luxardo Amaretto
Luxardo Amaretto

A classic almond-flavored liqueur with a fragrant aroma and well-rounded taste, this amaretto is drier than others, with a hint of vanilla. It is produced from the pits of cherries, peaches and apricots. Certified Kosher. 28% ABV

Tasting Notes:

A classic, refined almond liqueur with a velvety taste and a fragrant almond aroma. The Amaretto di Saschira is distinguished from its competitors due to its slight dry­ness and hint of vanilla.

  • 91 Points - Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2013
  • Double Gold Medal - New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2011
Luxardo Espresso Coffee Liqueur
Luxardo Espresso Coffee Liqueur

A luscious coffee liqueur created with coffee beans produced in Brazil, Columbia, and Morocco, and roasted in Italy according to the Luxardo specifications. 27% ABV

Tasting Notes:

Good body on the palate. A marked espresso coffee flavour, without any harshness, velvety long-lasting after-taste. Has the satisfying 'embracing' aroma of creamy coffee.

  • Superb - Wine Enthusiast
Luxardo Apricot Liqueur
Luxardo Apricot Liqueur

One of the few apricot-based liqueurs in the world, Luxardo Apricot is an infusion of apricots aged in oak for three months before bottling. Apricot Luxardo first gained distinction winning the first prize in a competition for the most innovative new Italian liqueur, which was held in Rome in 1935. This is why the label states "Liquore della Lupa," with Lupa being the symbol of Rome. Certified Kosher. 30% ABV

  • Silver Medal - New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2012
  • 90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Luxardo Limoncello
Luxardo Limoncello

First advertised in 1905, Luxardo Limoncello is an authentic Italian lemon liqueur that is extremely popular in Italy, either served straight up and chilled, or on the rocks with soda or tonic. Luxardo's time-honored production methods of infusing alcohol with peels, pulp and juice enhances the natural aroma and bright citrus taste of lemons harvested in southern Italy. Certified Kosher. 27% ABV

Tasting Notes:

Well-rounded and harmonious, a pleasant sensation of aromatic freshness on the palate.

  • ★★★★ Highly Recommended
    “...in a word luscious; a superb, understated and classy limoncello.”
    - F. Paul Pacult's Spirit Journal
  • 93 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Luxardo Angioletto Hazelnut Liqueur
Luxardo Angioletto Hazelnut Liqueur

Luxardo Angioletto is a traditional Italian hazelnut liqueur. Hazelnuts are shelled, toasted and crushed, then infused in a solution of alcohol and water. A number of natural extracts, including cocoa and vanilla, are blended with the hazelnut infusion. 24% ABV

Tasting Notes:

A marked, full-bodied hazelnut flavor, without harshness and a velvety, long-lasting finish.

  • Silver Medal - New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2012
Luxardo Triplum
Luxardo Triplum

This is the Luxardo version of a triple sec. It is distilled from three types of citrus peels: mandarin, sweet oranges and bitter oranges with orange blossoms and then aged in Finnish ash wood. Certified Kosher. 39% ABV

Tasting Notes:

Luxardo's Triplum Orange Liqueur is vibrant, sharp and elegantly dry, with ripe flavors bursting from the glass. Enjoy in numerous international cocktails or on the rocks after dinner.

  • Double Gold Medal - New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2011
Luxardo Amaro Abano
Luxardo Amaro Abano

The quintessential after-dinner codial, Amaro Abano originated in 1952. Amaro means "bitter," and Abano is an old Roman spa in the Veneto region that has been active for the last 200 years. The label depicts the spa around the year 1600. The herbs in this Amaro grow wild in the Euganean Hills and are infused along with cardamom, cinnamon and bitter orange peel. Amaro Abano is a medium bitter, extremely popular in Italy, and especially in the Veneto, drunk straight after a meal with or without ice to help digestion. Certified Kosher. 30% ABV

Tasting Notes:

Entry features the moderately bitter taste of orange peel and cardamom as they tango on one's tongue in a dance of seduction all the way through the midpalate and well into the aftertaste. While other notable amaros club you into strong bitterness Luxardo has selected the middle road path in terms of bitterness to win the appreciation of women and men alike.

  • 91 Points - Wine Enthusiast, 2016
  • Double Gold Medal, Best Liqueur in Show - New York World Wine & Spirits Competition, 2012
Luxardo Aperitivo
Luxardo Aperitivo

Named after the traditional Italian Aperitivo cocktail custom, Luxardo Aperitivo is a well-balanced infusion of citrus, gentian, rhubarb and other herbs. The mild alcohol content and bitter orange flavor make an ideal complement to fresh-squeezed juice or prosecco cocktails. 11% ABV

Tasting Notes:

Luxardo Aperitivo has a distinct red color with a lively citrus aroma. Sweet orange flavors are balanced by bitter notes of rhubarb and gentian root.

  • Chairman's Trophy, 93 Points, Excellent, Highly Recommended - Ultimate Spirits Challenge, 2014
  • Double Gold Medal - WSWA Tasting Competition, 2014
Luxardo Bitter
Luxardo Bitter

First made in 1885, this aperitif-style liqueur is made from an infusion of many refined herbs and spices such as mint, marjoram, thyme and bitter orange. Drink it before dinner to stimulate the appetite. Serve on the rocks or in the Venetian style with sparkling water. Certified Kosher. 25% ABV

  • 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Tasting Notes:

Entry is delicately fruity, medium sweet, creamy in texture and nicely herbal. Midpalate features the rhubarb, candied walnut, bitter orange and seeds. Aftertaste is sublimely zesty and mildly bitter. Definitely elegant and savory.

  • "Luxardo Bitter, on the other hand, offers an even more bracing bitter-forward taste than Campari...in the Negroni, Luxardo Bitter absolutely shined." - Jason Wilson, The Washington Post
Luxardo Bitter Bianco
Luxardo Bitter Binaco

Clear expression of bitter with no artificial coloring. Revival of Luxardo’s original 1930’s recipe. Produced through a distilled infusion of herbs. Infused with the same herbs as the Bitter Rosso, (mint, marjoram, thyme and bitter orange), with the addition of wormwood. Applications include the White Spritz, White Negroni, and Bitter Bianco & Soda. 30% ABV

Tasting Notes:

Bitter Bianco is colorless in appearance with aromas of bitter orange zest. Bold flavors of wormwood, gentian and rhubarb are balanced by a touch of sweetness. Lingering bitter finish.

Luxardo Sambuca dei Cesari
Luxardo Sambuca dei Cesari

Sambuca is Italy's national anise-based liqueur, and Luxardo Sambuca is an exquisite and well-balanced example. Luxardo Sambuca is produced with the infusion of Chinese star anise. Certified Kosher. 38% ABV

  • Double Gold Medal - San Francisco World Spirits Competition, 2011
  • "Clear as rain water and impeccably pure; the prickliness of the spirit comes to the forefront in the second sniff — Luxardo Sambuca holds its own and gets recommended by the [Spirit Journal] by virtue of its true-to-the-source quality." - F. Paul Pacult, The Spirit Journal
Luxardo Fernet
Luxardo Fernet

A strong bitter amaro, Luxardo Fernet undergoes a prolonged infusion of 15 different herbs and spices such as licorice, cardamom, gentian and saffron. Luxardo has produced this Fernet since 1889, and it is typically enjoyed after a meal. Certified Kosher. 40% ABV

Tasting Notes:

"Fernet Luxardo, from the Veneto, gets downright aggressive with its herbal qualities and finishes with cleansing menthol and eucalyptus notes." – StarChefs.com

Luxardo Amarascata Sour Marasca Cherry Jam
Luxardo Amarascata Sour Marasca Cherry Jam

The percentage of fruit used is extremely high in the Amarascata jam recipe, with as much as 170 grams of fresh fruit for every 100 grams of final jam. The percentage of added sugar is very low — less than 30%. No thickening agents of any type and no preservatives are used; the only ingredients are Luxardo Marasca cherries and sugar. Certified Kosher.

Luxardo Apry Apricot Jam
Luxardo Apry Apricot Jam

Apry uses 130 grams of apricots for every 100 grams of finished product. Apry is made according to an old recipe in traditional Italian confectionery style, and is not a typical jam that has been strained or sieved, as it retains the fibrous nature of apricot pulp while remaining easy to spread. No thickening agents, coloring or preservatives are used. Certified Kosher.

Luxardo Pruny Plum Jam
Luxardo Pruny Plum Jam

Pruny is an extra fine plum preserve with a very high percentage of fruit content with 110 grams of plums for every 100 grams of the finished product. Pruny is made with an ancient recipe from the Italian confectionery tradition, and the light fibrous character typical of plum pulp is beautifully preserved. No thickening agents, coloring or preservatives are used. Certified Kosher.