Grenadine Cocktail Syrup

Homemade Grenadine Recipe with pomegranate juice

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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Servings: 24 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
76 Calories
0g Fat
19g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
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. Maraschino cherries have nothing to do with it. This sweet-tart syrup is actually made from pomegranates and it is surprisingly easy to make at home.

Think of grenadine the way you might consider simple syrup and sour mix. All of these sweeteners are essential to a well-stocked bar. If you want to make popular drinks such as 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. You will also find that it can save money over store-bought brands, especially if you buy pomegranate juice regularly and have it on hand.

Orange flower water is typically available in Middle Eastern grocers or the international aisle of a well-stocked grocery store, but if you can't find it, you can make your own.


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 in a saucepan
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  3. Bring to a slow boil, stirring constantly until all of the sugar is dissolved.

    Bring the sugar and pomegranate juice to a slow boil for grenadine.
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  4. Reduce the heat and cover.

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

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

    Pour the grenadine into a bottle or decanter
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  7. Add a dash or two of orange flower water (don't overdo it).

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

    Sealed bottle of grenadine syrup
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  9. Use in your favorite drink recipe and enjoy!

    Homemade Grenadine Recipe with pomegranate, orange and a mixed drink
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  • This grenadine recipe makes about 1 1/2 cups, or around 12 ounces. Most drink recipes use 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, which can be time-consuming.

Recipe Variations

  • If you can't find orange flower water—it's not a common ingredient—you can use orange or lemon peels instead. Simply add citrus peels to the boiling pomegranate juice and sugar.
  • Grenadine can also be made from a combination of black currant and pomegranate juices. Decide which flavor you want to dominate and split the total juice volume between the two. You could also add a little black currant liqueur, such as creme de cassis, which is easier to find than the juice.
  • Blended juices such as pomegranate cranberry juice are readily available and are often much less expensive than straight pomegranate juice. It makes a good cranberry grenadine that can work well in many drinks.

How to Store and Freeze Grenadine

  • Homemade grenadine should last up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator, which is much shorter than commercial brands that contain preservatives. Feel free to halve this recipe or adjust it according to your anticipated usage.
  • Add 1/4 ounce of vodka as a preservative to extend grenadine's shelf life. The higher the proof, the better; choose one over 80 proof for the best results.
  • Some people also recommend freezing the grenadine. However, you might find this takes the freshness out of the syrup. Freeze it in ice cube trays with a lid, if possible.