Grenadine syrup is seeing a resurgence in popularity among the craft cocktail crowd – but only if it is homemade. True Grenadine is a pomegranate syrup, but most commercial versions don’t contain any pomegranate at all. The ingredients for one popular brand read, ‘high fructose corn syrup, water, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, red 40, natural and artificial flavors, blue 1.’ Hardly counts as Grenadine, does it?
Why not make your own with natural ingredients – it is quite simple, and the results are stunning. Feel free to vary the recipe – try adding Demerara sugar for more caramel notes.
- 1 Cup unsweetened pomegranate juice
- 1 Cup sugar
- ¼ Cup pomegranate molasses
- ½ Teaspoon orange blossom water
Combine juice, sugar, and molasses in a pan and place over medium heat. Stir to dissolve. Remove from heat and let cool. Mix in the orange blossom water and store refrigerated in an air-tight container.