Grenadine Cocktail Syrup

Homemade Grenadine Recipe

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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 1/2 cups (24 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
76 Calories
0g Fat
19g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 1/2 cups (24 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 76
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Protein 0g
Calcium 2mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Contrary to popular belief, grenadine is not a cherry-flavored syrup. It is actually made from pomegranates and it is surprisingly easy to make at home.

Grenadine is like simple syrup and sour mix. All of these drink sweeteners are essential to a well-stocked bar. If you want to make popular drink recipes like the tequila ​sunrise, Shirley Temple, and countless others, you will need a bottle of grenadine.

Just like most cocktail mixers, grenadine is better when made from scratch and that is really easy to do. You will also find that it can save money over store-bought brands, particularly if you already buy pomegranate juice.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Homemade Grenadine Recipe Ingredients
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  2. In a saucepan, combine the pomegranate juice and sugar.

    combine the pomegranate juice and sugar
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  3. Bring to a slow boil, stirring constantly until all of the sugar is dissolved.

    Bring to a slow boil
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  4. Reduce the heat and cover.

    Reduce the heat and cover
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  5. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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  6. Allow the mixture to cool, then pour it into a small decanter or bottle with a tight-sealing lid.

    Allow the mixture to cool
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  7. Add a dash or two of orange flower water (don't overdo it).

    Add a dash or two of orange flower water
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  8. Seal the bottle and give it a few good shakes.

    Seal the bottle
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  9. Use in your favorite drink recipe and enjoy!

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  • This grenadine recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups or around 12 ounces. The majority of drink recipes use only about 1/2 to 1 ounce at a time, so you should be able to get between 12 and 24 drinks from a single batch.
  • Fresh pomegranate is always a good choice. The fruits are typically in season from September through December. You will need to work with the juicy little seeds, however.

Recipe Variations

  • Admittedly, orange flower water is not a common ingredient. Luckily, orange and lemon peels are an easy substitute. Simply add citrus peels to the boiling pomegranate juice and sugar.
  • 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 total juice volume between the two. You could also add a little black currant liqueur like creme de cassis. It is far easier to find than the juice.
  • You might want to use a blended juice. Pomegranate cranberry juice is readily available and is often half the price of straight pomegranate juice. It makes a good cranberry grenadine that can work well in many drinks.

The Shelf Life

  • Homemade grenadine should be good for up to three weeks. This is significantly shorter than the long shelf life of store-bought brands because it lacks the preservatives that keep those stable for months. Because of that, you may need to adjust this recipe, depending on how much grenadine you will use in a three-week period.

  • You can add a small amount of vodka as a preservative to give it a slightly longer shelf life. The higher the proof, the better; choose a vodka over 80 proof for the best results. With any vodka, about 1/4 ounce should be enough.

  • Some people also recommend freezing the grenadine. However, you might find that this takes the freshness out of the syrup.