Mocktails and cocktails are perfect to make with this 3-ingredient grenadine simple syrup recipe from scratch! All you need for grenadine syrup is pomegranate juice, sugar, and lime juice to make this grenadine recipe at home.
No preservatives, dyes, or crap in this grenadine syrup recipe! Be sure to also check out demerara syrup – another favorite simple syrup.
What is grenadine syrup
Grenadine is a simple syrup made of 100% pomegranate juice, sugar and lemon or lime juice. When boiled it thickens and turns into a thick sugary simple syrup that is perfect for a Tequila Sunrise and non alcoholic drinks like a Shirley Temple Drink or Roy Rogers plus various other mocktails and cocktails.
Store-bought versions of grenadine syrup are found at liquor stores and consists of high fructose corn syrup, water, citric acid, sodium citrate, preservatives, and food coloring such as red 40 and blue 1, along with artificial flavors. This grenadine recipe is 100% natural without all that yucky stuff!
What does grenadine mix well with?
Grenadine syrup is famous for being used in the kid-friendly beverages like a Shirley Temple and Roy Rogers Drink (grenadine mixed with coke, ginger-ale, or lemon-lime soda). It is also used in cocktails like a Tequila Sunrise where it is mixed with orange juice to look like a sunrise in the glass.
This grenadine syrup recipe mixes well with just about any alcohol – tequila, gin, rum, or vodka. Add a splash to holiday drinks, party punch, or mix it with orange juice, lime juice, seltzer water or soda!
What is grenadine made of: recipe ingredients
- 1 cup 100% unsweetened pomegranate juice
- ⅔ cup organic sugar or turbinado sugar – Alternative grenadine, use monk fruit sweetener (or a combination) for less sugar.
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice or lemon juice
The flavor of this pomegranate grenadine syrup recipe is rich and sweet with hints of cherry and pomegranate taste.
How to make grenadine syrup at home
In a saucepan, heat the pomegranate juice and sugar on high heat to bring to a boil. Boil for about 10-15 minutes, stirring during heating, until it thickens. Let it cool then mix in the citrus juice (lemon or lime juice). Store in a sealed airtight glass jar or dressing container for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does grenadine have alcohol in it?
Is grenadine alcoholic? No, grenadine syrup does not have any alcohol in it. You can add ¼ ounce of vodka to this grenadine recipe to preserve it and extend the shelf life, but it does alter the flavor.
Is grenadine cherry flavored?
It does have a hint of cherry flavor, in-fact, this grenadine recipe uses pomegranate juice, but you can use cherry juice. It naturally has a cherry flavor when combined with sugar.
Is grenadine gluten-free?
Yes, grenadine syrup is naturally gluten-free, although it is best to make sure all the ingredients say “gluten-free” on them. Some ingredients that are naturally gluten-free are prepared in facilities that may contain gluten.
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