Today, we can!
Today, we’ll be continuing our cocktail and mocktail theme of Advent 2022 by making an Easy Homemade Grenadine to add to sodas, cocktails and so much more. Then, we’ll be making canning labels for all of those very spicy pickles we made over the summer, as well as for our marmalade and summer jams. And we’ll make smaller gift labels for our Kahlua, Chocolate Bitters, and, now, our Grenadine, as well as for our Ginger Spiced Nuts and Almond Crinkle Cookies! I’ll post the images of our labels when we’ve made them, below. In the meantime, enjoy this easily-made and last-minute-giftable Grenadine recipe.
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.