Grenadine is a thick and sweet syrup made from pomegranate that features frequently across many cocktail recipes. It is fundamentally no different to any other fruit syrup but it provides a distinct flavour and vibrant colour that contribute significantly to the identity of Tiki Cocktails, one of the most popular subcategories of cocktails.
You can still make a great batch of grenadine if you follow our fruit syrup recipe, however, since you'll likely be making grenadine more often than any other fruit syrup we think its better to shorten the process so you can spend less time prepping and more time sipping.
Making grenadine using fresh fruit will produce a fresher tasting batch but comes at the cost of spending more time and effort picking the ripest fruit, pulling it apart and muddling the seeds. I don't know if you've ever tried picking pomegranate seeds before but its a process we'd much rather avoid!
If you value speed, consistency and efficiency instead then follow this super simple recipe. This approach to making grenadine borrows the same method of making sugar syrup, instead substituting water for pomegranate juice.
1 Cup of Sugar
1 Cup of Pomegranate Juice
There's no special secret here - any old pomegranate juice will work. Like with all our homemade ingredients you don't need to stick to this exact ratio. If you have a sweet tooth don't stop yourself from adding in a little more sugar, just bear in mind the final product will make the cocktail recipes you use it in taste slightly different than we intend!
From this point, it is the exact same procedure as making sugar syrup:
1) Put all the ingredients together in a pan and turn up the heat. Once it comes to a boil turn down the heat and stir slowly as the mix simmers for 1 minute to ensure the sugar fully dissolves.
2) Decant into a bottle, jar or jug while the mixture is still warm.
3) Allow to cool and set into a thick, gooey syrup. Store ambient for up to 7 days or in the fridge for up to 10 days.
Check out our straightforward guides to making other ingredients at home: