Fun fact about most cocktail cherries you’ll find at the grocery store: they aren’t cherries in any meaningful sense of the word. They’re bleached cellulose in the shape of a cherry, dyed red. Thank American Prohibition movement for ruining real cherries for years; they opposed maraschino cherries on the grounds that they are preserved in alcohol, and other cherries from Europe (like the Amarena) became collateral damage (fun fact courtesy of the Drunken Botanist). Fortunately, real cherries preserved with syrup instead of sulphur dioxide, like Amarena Fabbri Luxury Cocktail Cherries ($25) are available online and from luxury groceries. Long live real cherries!