Luxardo From Padova, Italy

Luxardo is Italy’s premier liqueur and original cherry producer, creating essential ingredients for modern and classic cocktails. Founded in 1821 by Girolamo Luxardo, the company is still family-owned and operated.

Luxardo is Italy’s premier liqueur and original cherry producer, creating essential ingredients for modern and classic cocktails. Founded in 1821 by Girolamo Luxardo, the company is still family-owned and operated.

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 ultimately 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 and seventh generations.


seventh generation family-owned

Established in 1821 by Girolamo Luxardo and still entirely owned by the same founding family, Luxardo is one of the oldest European firms producing liqueurs and spirits. Transferred from Zara to Torreglia (Padova) in 1947 due to the consequences of the Second World War, Luxardo is a place where centuries old traditions meet cutting edge production methods. Today, three generations work together to continue Girolamo's legacy.

Raisea glass

88 Points

Luxardo Bitter Bianco

Ultimate Spirits Challenge 2020


Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin

San Francisco World Spirits Competition 2020

From Our


After your taxes are done — and we’re stressing the AFTER here — settle up with our Tax Day cocktail for a riff on a Bronx that is just the right amount of sweet, fresh, and bitter. ...

#Maraschino + #Mimosa = #Maramosa… or, the new brunch staple you need to get behind.

Tag a brunch buddy below!


In the nineteenth century, American bar-goers became indifferent to the growing popularity of European liqueurs among mixologists, and longed for the simplicity of a cocktail like the #OldFashioned — giving way to the creation of the Fancy Free.

The Fancy Free kept the free-spirited American #whiskey as the focus of the cocktail, while replacing the sugar cube with a dash of “fancy” Maraschino Liqueur — adding a new herbal layer to an #oldschool classic for bar patrons to explore. #RecipeInComments

It makes sense to celebrate #Mom with a little #MaraschinoSpritz — or, a cocktail that is as vibrant and dynamic as she is.

Check the comments for more!

Cucumber Kiwi Gimlet? More like… Cucumber Kiwi Gimme-It.

The crisp, herbaceous flavor of Luxardo London Dry Gin is enhanced with sweet kiwi simple syrup and freshly cut cucumber for a refreshing #summertime sip. Find the full recipe in the comments below.

Summertime is synonymous with #Paloma season — and this year, we’re dialing up the flavors of freshly squeezed citrus to duecento.

The Bianco Paloma swaps grapefruit soda with fresh grapefruit juice, and adds two classic apéritifs that are well-known complements of citrus fruit: Luxardo Bitter Bianco and Luxardo #Maraschino Originale. Tap below for the #RecipeInComments