Grenadine is a syrup made from the juice of pomegranates. It’s sweet, tart and deeply vibrant. This quick and easy syrup can be added to various cocktails or nonalcoholic beverages. While it is commonly sold in stores, grenadine is super simple to make at home with just basic ingredients like pomegranates, sugar and a flavor or two for complexity. It comes together quickly and can be stored for one to three months depending if you add vodka to it to extend its shelf life.
Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Cool time: 60 mins
Total time: 95 mins
Servings: 1 ⅔ to 1 ¾ cups syrup
- 2 cups pomegranate juice from 2-3 large pomegranates
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon orange flower water
- 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
- 1 ounce vodka, optional
- Simmer pomegranate juice and sugar: In a small saucepan, combine the pomegranate juice and sugar and whisk until dissolved. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, and then reduce the heat to medium-low so that you have a vigorous simmer. The liquid should have lots of little bubbles around the edges, but no big bubbles.
- Simmer to reduce pomegranate liquid: Continue to simmer until the mixture has reduced to about a third, there should be 1 2/3 cup of liquid remaining. This can take anywhere between 20 to 30 minutes, and the liquid should be viscous and have thickened to the consistency of honey.
- Let grenadine cool to room temperature: After the mixture has reduced, remove from the heat and let it come to room temperature. Stir in the orange flower water and pomegranate molasses. If using, also stir in the vodka.
- Store the grenadine: Pour the grenadine into an airtight container or swing top bottle. Store in the refrigerator for 1 to 3 months.
Source: Simply Recipes