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12 Days of Edible Gifts: Homemade Grenadine

With its bright red color, there is a common misconception that grenadine, the syrup used to flavor many cocktails, is made with cherries. The thick, sweet liquid is actually made with pomegranate juice (the word grenadine is derived from the French word for pomegranate, grenade).

When I realized that the sweetener was very simple to make, I decided to whip up a batch and present it to my sister, who enjoys the occasional "cherry" coke. Homemade grenadine is a great hostess gift, especially for someone who is into mixing cocktails or who has a penchant for Shirley Temples. To look at the incredibly easy recipe,


Photos: Nicole Perry




  1. 1 quart pomegranate juice
  2. 1 1/2 cups sugar
  3. 1/8 teaspoon orange-flower water


  1. In a medium saucepan, simmer the pomegranate juice over moderate heat until reduced by half (the total volume should be 2 cups).
  2. Add the sugar and the orange-flower water, and stir until dissolved.
  3. Let cool, transfer to an airtight container, and refrigerate for up to 3 weeks.
Join The Conversation
TheBestRedDress TheBestRedDress 6 years
Love it! I can't wit to try it!
4evrfuzzy 4evrfuzzy 8 years
Call me a food snob, but I don't categorize using pre-made bottled pomegranate juice as "homemade" grenadine. Basically all you're doing is adding sugar, big freak'in deal. I'm sure using fresh pomegranate would yield MUCH better results.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Rancher's Girl, I think you could freeze the fresh pomegranate juice. I used the bottled kind and it came out fabulous.
Rancher'sGirl Rancher'sGirl 8 years
Help! My pomagrenate tree bears fruit in the summer...can the juice be frozen for later use? If this syrup only last three weeks in the fridge, I won't be able to prepare it during the summer with fresh juice and store it until the holiday season. I'm grateful for any suggestions. This sounds like just the thing for adding to the flavored liquors and goodies baskets (using the peppermint bark, chocolate covered bacon, and homemade vanilla recipes from YumSugar site too). :)
Food Food 8 years
Calster, I've seen it at BevMo before, too, or any top-notch liquor store.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I think I've seen it at Whole Foods before.
Calster Calster 8 years
And where can one find orange flower water?
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