Briottet Liqueur de Marasquin is a cherry liqueur made from the small, slightly sour Marasca cherry.
Marasquin is the French name for, and the equivalent, of the Italian cherry liqueur called Maraschino. Maison Briottet is a family business, founded in 1836. Originally, the family were primarily negociants of Burgundy wine, involved with ageing, blending, bottling and selling the wines. Following the development of the blanc cassis aperitif (white wine with Crème de Cassis), the company progressively focused its activities on producing fruit crèmes, liquors, brandies and marcs de Bourgogne. It is the selection of the ripest fruit from the most suitable cultivars that provides for the finest flavours; therefore contracting the right growers to produce the correct fruit is the first step on the ladder. Subsequently, properly observed maceration with very pure neutral alcohol, and blending with the correct proportion of sugars to achieve the balance between fruit flavour, sweetness, acidity and alcohol create these excellent crèmes and liqueurs.
Briottet Liqueur de Marasquin is made by macerating the cherries and crushed cherry stones of the small Marasca cherries in alchohol. This is then distilled to extract the essential oils and cherry flavours and aromas and sweetened with sugar. The crushed cherry pits lend a gentle almond characted to the finished liqueur.