Our homemade grenadine recipe is perfect for drinks! It’s really easy to make and the results are delicious. There are no artificial colors, artificial flavors or high fructose corn syrup in this recipe. Just pomegranate juice and sugar. The color is a deeper red, but the flavor is really good.
Grenadine is a delicious and versatile syrup that can be used in all sorts of cocktails. It has a shelf life of one month, so it’s always handy to have around. The main ingredients in grenadine are sugar and pomegranate juice, so it’s fairly easy to make your own at home.
Grenadine is also a great way to add flavor and color to cocktails without adding too much sweetness. We use it in our rum punch and pineapple vodka cocktail it adds so much flavor. So next time you’re looking for a flavorful cocktail syrup, ditch the artificial stuff and mix up your own grenadine!
What We Love About This Grenadine Syrup Recipe
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- You don’t need to seed any pomegranates. Instead, we use a high-quality, pure pomegranate juice.
- There are only 2 ingredients in this recipe.
- It’s free from artificial good coloring and high-fructose corn syrup.
What is grenadine?
Grenadine is a commonly used nonalcoholic pomegranate syrup. It has a vibrant red color and a sweet flavor. It is used in cocktails, mocktails, and other drinks. The syrup was first made in the 18th century from pomegranate seeds. The word grenadine comes from the French word for pomegranate grenade.
How to Make Grenadine Syrup
Making this homemade grenadine recipe is easy! All you need is fresh pomegranate juice and sugar.
Combine equal parts of pomegranate juice and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat.
Cook, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is thickened and syrupy.
This should take about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
Store in a glass jar or bottle in the fridge for up to a month.
Tips for Making The Best Grenadine Syrup
We recommend using a high-quality, real pomegranate juice for this recipe. Buy 100% pomegranate juice and avoid pomegranate juice blends or those with added sugar. You want to use pure, unsweetened pomegranate juice.
Homemade grenadine syrup will last for up to a month when stored in the fridge. If you want it to last longer, you can add a couple of tablespoons of vodka or orange flower water to the recipe. This will help preserve it and give it longer shelf life.
Grenadine Recipe Variations
Here are a few grenadine recipe variations for you to try:
- Add 1-ounce lemon juice, lime juice or orange juice to the recipe to add citric acid.
- Swap out the pomegranate juice for cherry juice or raspberry syrup.
- Add a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg for a warm and spicy flavor.
- Add 2 tablespoons of pomegranate molasses to the syrup for a thicker texture.
- You can add less sugar for a less sweet syrup.
Cocktails Made with Grenadine
Grenadine is a popular ingredient in cocktails. It’s used in many popular drinks, such as the Shirley Temple, Roy Rogers, and Tequila Sunrise.
The Shirley Temple is a nonalcoholic mixed drink made with grenadine, ginger ale, and a maraschino cherry.
The Roy Rogers is a nonalcoholic mixed drink made with grenadine and cola.
The Tequila Sunrise is a mixed drink made with tequila, orange juice, and grenadine.
Frequently Asked Questions
What does grenadine taste like?
Grenadine has a sweet, tart, and fruity flavor. It is similar to cherry or raspberry, even though it’s made with pomegranates. Most people think of grenadine as a cherry syrup. This might be because of its bright red coloring or because it’s a famous ingredient in a Shirley Temple, which is garnished with maraschino cherries.
What is grenadine made of?
Grenadine is made from pomegranate juice and sugar. It’s reduced down into a thicker syrup, similar to simple syrup. The bright red grenadine uses food coloring to give it a red color. Without food coloring, grenadine is a deeper, muted red color.
Is grenadine alcohol?
No, grenadine is not alcoholic. It is a nonalcoholic bar syrup.
Is grenadine just cherry juice?
No, grenadine is not just cherry juice. It is made from pomegranate juice and sugar. Cherry juice can be used as a grenadine substitute, but it will not have the same flavor.
What can I use instead of grenadine?
If you don’t have grenadine, you can try any of these grenadine substitutes or use cherry juice or raspberry syrup as substitutes.
Should I refrigerate homemade grenadine?
Yes, you should refrigerate homemade grenadine. There are no preservatives in our grenadine recipe, so it needs to be stored in the refrigerator. It will last for up to a month in the fridge.
More Simple Syrup Recipes
Here are some more simple syrup recipes to add to your favorite drinks!
Hibiscus Simple Syrup – Made with hibiscus flowers, water, and sugar.
Cranberry Simple Syrup – Perfect for holiday cocktail recipes. This is made with fresh cranberries and has a gorgeous red color.
Honey Syrup – Instead of sugar use honey.
Gingerbread Syrup – Flavored with molasses and spices, this is perfect for Christmas!
Now that you know how to make this flavorful syrup, let us know what you think! Leave a comment and review below.
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup pomegranate juice, unsweetened
- Add the sugar into a small saucepan.
- Pour the pomegranate juice over the sugar.
- Simmer over low heat and stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is thickened and syrupy.
- This should take about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
- Store in a glass jar or bottle in the fridge for up to a month.