The pomegranate-flavored syrup grenadine, like simple syrup and sour mix, are popular cocktail ingredients that are better when made from scratch and it's really easy to do. You will find grenadine to be essential in a well-stocked bar and needed for popular drinks like the Tequila Sunrise and Shirley Temple.
This homemade grenadine recipe does have a great, natural pomegranate flavor, but doesn't have the long -shelf life that the preservatives give store-bought brands. It will remain fresh for up to 3 weeks and you may want to adapt the recipe to fit your grenadine use.
Grenadine can also be a combination of black currant and pomegranate flavors. Though it can be difficult to find, black currant juice can be used in this recipe as well. Decide which flavor you want to dominate the syrup and split the amount of juice between the two.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 1 1/2 cups
- Bring the pomegranate juice and sugar to a boil in a saucepan.
- Reduce the heat and cover, allowing it to simmer for 10-15 minutes and stirring occasionally.
- Allow the mixture to cool, then pour into a small decanter or bottle with a tight-sealing lid.
- Add a dash or two of orange flower water (don't overdo it).
- Seal the bottle and give it a few good shakes.
This grenadine should be good for up to 3 weeks and makes about 1 1/2 cups. You can also add a small amount of over-proof (over 80) vodka as a preservative to give it a little longer shelf life. Some people would also recommend freezing the grenadine, but I think this takes the freshness out of it.