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Skip the store bought stuff and make your own grenadine syrup at home. It takes 3 ingredients and really couldn't be easier!
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What is Grenadine?
Grenadine is a nonalcoholic syrup that is deep red in color and gets its name from the French word for "pomegranate," which is "grenade." This all makes a lot more sense when you find out that it's made out of pomegranate juice!
A lot of the bottled, store bought grenadines have swapped out fresh ingredients for high fructose corn syrup and food coloring. Which, no shame. I've totally used bottled grenadine in the past out of convenience, and definitely will do it again in the future.
But if you're the type of person who prefers to use fresh ingredients, this recipe is for you.
What flavor is grenadine?
It's a pretty common misconception that grenadine cherry flavored. After all, it's a vibrant red and is sweet. So, cherry, right? Nope!
Real grenadine is actually pomegranate flavored.
You only technically need TWO ingredients to make grenadine syrup at home (you can add a third if you'd like). Let's walk through the ingredients below.
- Pomegranate juice: The easiest thing to do is get a bottle of store bought pomegranate juice. I don't even want to think about how much time and effort it would take to juice pomegranate seeds on your own.
- Sugar: Just regular white granulated sugar will do here.
- Orange juice: Grenadine sometimes uses orange flower water as an additional ingredient, but fresh orange juice can be used as a substitute in a pinch.
How to make grenadine syrup at home
You can think of homemade grenadine like a simple syrup. After all, it's made with equal amounts of sugar and liquid, just like a simple syrup.
You'll start out by combining all of the ingredients in a saucepan, whisking them together, and bringing them to a simmer.
Once all of the sugar has dissolved, you can kill the heat, allow it to cool completely, and stash it in the fridge.
Drinks that use grenadine
- Dirty Shirley from A Nerd Cooks
- Rainbow Shots from The Littlest Crumb
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shots from A Nerd Cooks
- Bahama Mama from Britney Breaks Bread
- Roy Rogers Drink from A Nerd Cooks (no alcohol!)
- Chocolate Covered Cherry Shot from Dishes Delish
FAQs/Tips and tricks
Grenadine is actually pomegranate flavored. It's a pretty common misconception that it's cherry flavored.
Homemade grenadine, like this, will go bad. It should keep for about two to three weeks if stored in the fridge in an airtight container.
Yes. Store it in the fridge in an airtight container.
It should last about two to three weeks if stored in the fridge in an airtight container.
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- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- ½ orange, juiced (optional)
- Combine the sugar, pomegranate juice, and orange juice in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Whisk to combine.
- Bring the mixture to a simmer, whisking occasionally.
- Once the sugar has dissolved into the juices completely, turn the heat off.
- Allow the syrup to cool completely before storing it in an airtight container in the fridge.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 81Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 0gSugar: 20gProtein: 0g