In a screw-top jar, combine equal amounts of Demerara sugar and water. Cover and shake well until sugar is dissolved.
Italian Luxardo cherries are the original maraschino--an elegant and delicious splurge. Tillen Farms' Bada Bing Cherries are an affordable alternative. (Bonus: The syrup in either is fabulous in cocktails or club soda.) Buy online or at well-stocked supermarkets or liquor stores.