I am not sure how many Shirley Temples I drank growing up. But, all these years later, I am fairly sure I am still partially made of grenadine. What’s next on my list? A grenadine based clover club cocktail [2 oz gin, .5oz lemon juice, .5oz Grenadine – in place of the traditional raspberry syrup, 1 egg white]. Of course, I’ll need a bottle of grenadine to get this started. Why bother buying that drivel in the supermarket? Here’s my recipe for an Easy Homemade Grenadine which can be added to alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks with ease. Although, to preserve shelf-life, you may opt to add 1oz vodka to the mixture. [P.S. I still love you, Shirley.]
Easy Homemade Grenadine
- 2 c [½ Litre] 100% Pomegranate Juice
- 2 c Sugar
- 2 tbsp Lemon or Orange Juice
- Sliced Peels of 1 Lemon or ½ Large Orange [OPTIONAL]
- 1 oz Vodka to preserve shelf life [OPTIONAL! NOT CHILD FRIENDLY OR SOBER]
- In a medium saucepan or pot, combine all of the ingredients.
- Over medium heat, bring to a slow boil, until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture has minimal bubbles and is beginning to steam.
- Reduce the heat to a low simmer, cover, and simmer for approximately 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool completely.
- Using a funnel, decant into clean, sterilized jars with tight fitting lids.*
- *If your pomegranate juice is fresh or pulpy, you will want to decant the mixture through several layers of cheesecloth placed over a mesh strainer atop your funnel. You may even wish to decant once into a clean bowl and then decant a second time with fresh cheesecloth on the second strain.
- Seal tightly and store in the refrigerator for up to three weeks.
- If you'd like to preserve the shelf-life of the grenadine, you may add 1 oz to the cooled syrup before decanting. However, thsi will no longer be a family- or sober- friendly syrup.
Oh, and here’s a look at the one-inch labels we made!