Summer Cocktails with Homemade Grenadine
If you’ve had classic cocktails like the Pina Colada and Tequila Sunrise (and who hasn’t had a Shirley Temple at least once in their lifetime), you’ve tasted grenadine. When I discovered what really constitutes the syrup, I couldn’t resist making it from scratch for our recent food swap. There’s no corn syrup and food coloring in the homemade recipe, unlike store-bought grenadine. I gathered the supplies to fill six bottles, equaling 8 cups total:
- 1 1/2 cups of sugar
- 100% pomegranate juice – two 32 oz. bottles (I had some left over.)
- 2 lemons
- 6 stoppered glass jars
Following a recipe from the Kitchn, I used a sauce pan and made the grenadine in batches of 2 cups at a time, which meant doubling the recipe. I started with 1/2 cup of sugar….
…and 2 cups of the pomegranate juice. I set the burner on warm to dissolve the sugar. Then, I turned up the flame to high to get the mixture boiling.
I let it boil for about 5 minutes until the pomegranate-sugar mixture seemed a little thicker. Then, I took the pan off the burner to cool. I squirted about 10 drops of lemon into the cooled syrup, gave a stir, and poured it into the bottles. Each bottle is almost a full cup.
I repeated the routine 2 more times in order to fill all 6 bottles, and also had a bit left over. Then, I used a hand-typed label for each bottle that also listed the date, since the recipe recommends using the grenadine within one month. (I traded the bottles briskly during the food swap for kombucha, chia seed breakfast mix, farm fresh eggs, and other delectables.)
Later that night, my husband made us two cocktails with the extra grenadine I had set aside. To make use of what we already had in the house, he chose a Tequila Sunrise. For each, he poured 1 ounce of tequila and half an ounce of grenadine over crushed ice, and then filled the glass the rest of the way with orange juice.
You can see the line of dark pink on the bottom of the glass.
Homemade grenadine is not going to give you a pronounced red, but the flavor, without a doubt, is much more rich and fresh (and chemical-free to boot). The next morning, I poured some grenadine over a pancake too – also quite delicious. For the full recipe, I recommend this one from Kitchn.