The first alcoholic herbal liqueur rosolo, the predecessor of maraschino, emerged from the darkness of the Middle Ages and quest of alchemists to find an elixir of life. In the early 16th century, Dominicans in Zadar produced a liqueur from marasca sour cherry in their pharmacy and laboratory. Its enthusiastic reception led to the opening of a number of shops for the production of this liqueur. At that time, a certain Calcenigo of Bergamo, Italy produced a somewhat altered first maraschino on the basis of the recipe of the Zadar Dominicans. The high reputation of this excellent liqueur spread all the way to Venice, where it became immensely popular. In the 19th century, the Zadar liqueur industry underwent significant development and new manufacturers emerged, the most significant of which were Giuseppe Sabalich, Mateo Magazzini and Girolamo Luxardo. Most of the manufacturers were immigrants attracted by cheap labor, favorable prices, and good profits because in addition to the special quality of the Dalmatian soil and the almost ideal climate, very high-quality raw material was inexpensive. The Zadar manufacturers also produced other liqueurs, like cherry liqueur, wormwood liqueur, labbro rubino and curacao, but maraschino, which became known throughout the world, was produced in the largest quantities. It was exported to almost every country in the world and was especially prized in Vienna, Paris, London, Berlin, Frankfurt, Nuremburg, Petrograd, Naples, Genoa, Milan, Istanbul and cities in Switzerland, France, and Belgium. It was later exported to the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia and other countries. Maraschino was enjoyed by many famous crowned heads, such Queen Victoria, the Russian Czar Nicholas I, the French King Louis XVIII and others. There is also mention of deliveries to Napoleon's court in Paris and to Marshal Ma rmont in Ljubljana. The King of England George IV allegedly sent the warships Aigle and Contessa Landerdale, at the time based in Corfu and Malta, to Zadar to pick up one hundred cases of maraschino. When visiting Zadar in 1887, a later King of England, George V, took a tour of one of the maraschino factories and purchased a large quantity of the beverage. The following excerpt by Professor Frane Baras describes the popularity of this Dalmatian elixir: "In the past, maraschino was a privileged drink intended only for the wealthiest people. It was consumed in royal and tsarist courts, accompanied warlords in military campaigns, admirals in naval battles and was discretely served in aristocratic and bourgeois palaces. It was in particular the irreplaceable companion of suave lovers. Casanova praises it in his Memoirs and it is mentioned by Balzac in his novel Journey into Life." Since maraschino was exported to England and the USA, it is no wonder that Zadar maraschino was also served on the Titanic on its fatal voyage, when it hit an iceberg and sank on April is, 1912. Perković maraschino Perković maraschino is made from an original recipe with the marasca sour cherry grown in the Zadar region. It differs from the original maraschino because cider is used as the alcohol base, which helps to provide a fuller, special taste of this excellent liqueur. By mixing these distillates, we have consolidated the unique world of tastes and flavors of central Dalmatia and continental Croatia. This procedure is quite new in the history of maraschino production, which is why we molded the name of the liqueur into its Croatian variant - maraskino. The flavor of our liqueur is richer, the new technology is based on homemade fruit brandies and it represents an entirely new way of producing this liqueur. Enjoy the unparalleled taste of Perković maraschino.