Grenadine is that bright red, super sweet syrup that helps put the sun in a Tequila Sunrise and makes a Shirley Temple blush. It also occasionally puts the cherry in cherry cokes, but actually, grenadine is traditionally made from pomegranates (grenadine is French for pomegranate) and has a lot more going for it when you make your own. This quick, simple method for making homemade grenadine allows the tartness of the pomegranate to really come through and is a big improvement over the commercial versions.
How To Make Homemade Grenadine
Makes 1 cup, can be easily doubled
What You Need
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup 100% unsweetened pomegranate juice
1/2 lemon (optional)
Small sauce pan or skillet
Clean bottle for storage
- Combine the sugar and juice. In a sauce pan or skillet, combine the sugar and juice. Place over medium heat on the stovetop. Stir to help the sugar dissolve.
- Bring to a boil. Bring the mixture to a rapid boil and cook for 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.
- Cool and add lemon juice. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool. Taste and add a few drops of lemon juice to bring out the tartness, if necessary.
- Bottle. Place a funnel in a clean bottle, and pour in the syrup Cap and label with the date. Store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
- Why a skillet? A skillet is much wider than a sauce pan, which helps the water to evaporate more quickly.
- Don't over boil. If you boil the mixture too long, it will start to crystalize.
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(Images: Dana Velden)