Homemade Grenadine Syrup Recipe - No Food Coloring or Corn Syrup
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How to Make Homemade Grenadine Syrup

Homemade grenadine syrup is surprisingly easy to make. When you learn how to make it yourself, you can avoid the high fructose corn syrup and food coloring found in store-bought grenadines.

homemade grenadine being poured into a bourbon cocktail

What is Grenadine?

According to Wikipedia, the name comes from the French word grenade, meaning pomegranate. The original recipe consists of pomegranate juice and sugar. (I also use pomegranate juice to make maraschino cherries – something else that is SO much better when made from scratch.)

a jar of homemade grenadine surrounded by cocktail-making supplies

The name grenadine is often mistakenly applied to syrups and beverages made with other fruit juices (e.g. raspberry, redcurrant, blackberry) and sugar syrup. Some of these other syrups obtain grenadine’s characteristic flavor by using a mixture of blackcurrant juice along with other fruit juices.

I only use pomegranate juice and sugar in my recipe, just like in the original one.

Why You Should Make It Yourself

The food industry has widely replaced grenadine’s fruit bases with artificial ingredients. Rose’s, by far the most common brand in the United States, is made using mostly high-fructose corn syrup, water, citric acid, and natural and artificial flavors. It’s colored using Red 40 (made with petroleum distillates or coal tars) and Blue 1.

I don’t want artificial ingredients or food additives in my drinks, so I decided to make it myself.

pouring homemade grenadine into a glass of lemon-lime soda in order to make a Shirley Temple non-alcoholic cocktail
Inspired by Cocktail Chronicles, I learned that it is incredibly easy to make this syrup. And, when you make it with natural ingredients, you can return to something resembling the original recipe with its flavor profile and avoid food coloring at the same time.

bourbon cocktail made using homemade grenadine

How to Make It

Start by pouring 4 cups (32 fluid ounces) of pomegranate juice into a medium saucepan. I prefer use pure juice rather than juice from concentrate.

pot filled with pomegranate juice resting on a range

Bring the juice to a rapid boil.

pomegranate juice rapidly boiling in a pot on a range

Reduce to medium-low heat to maintain a slow boil for about 15 minutes.

pomegranate juice reduced by half, slowly boiling in a pot on a range

When the liquid has reduced by half (or more, depending on how strong you like your syrup), add 2 cups of granulated sugar and stir until dissolved.

sugar poured into pomegranate juice, slowly boiling in a pot on a range, to make grenadine

Remove from heat, cool to room temperature, and transfer into a glass jar before refrigerating. You can use it as soon as it is chilled.

Usage Suggestions

A red napkin with a glass containing a Shirley Temple non-alcoholic cocktail, Maraschino cherry, and straw
Grenadine is famously used in the Shirley Temple kiddie cocktail (I use it in my Shirley Temple cupcakes).

If you are looking for an adult cocktail to use it with, try a tequila sunrise (grenadine, tequila, and orange juice).

Or, for something more sophisticated, try a Ward 8 (whiskey, orange juice, lemon juice, and grenadine). Top it with a Luxardo cherry to make it extra classy!

Other Homemade Cocktail Ideas

If you like making cocktails and using homemade liqueurs, take a look at my recipes for homemade Baileys Irish Cream, homemade Kahlua, homemade Luxardo cherries, and syllabub. All of those make great gifts and party options – but they’re also great to make for yourself!

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Homemade Grenadine Syrup Recipe

Homemade grenadine is surprisingly easy to make and avoids the high fructose corn syrup and food coloring found in many store-bought versions.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword grenadine syrup, how to make grenadine
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 87kcal
Author Stef

Ingredients

  • 4 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • red food coloring optional

Instructions

  • Bring 4 cups of pomegranate juice (a whole 32 fluid ounce bottle) to a boil.
  • Lower heat and bring juice to a slow boil until it reduces in half. You can let it reduce more than half if you want it to be a bit thicker. This process took about 15 minutes.
  • Stir in sugar until dissolved and remove from heat.
  • Optionally, add in food coloring. (I typically leave this off.)
  • Pour into a glass jar and refrigerate.

Notes

Pomegranate juice is fairly popular and should be easy to find. POM is a popular but very expensive brand. I was able to find some 100% organic pomegranate juice for much cheaper.
This grenadine recipe won't be quite as red as Rose's, so you can add food coloring if you'd like. It will taste a million times better either way.
Store grenadine in the refrigerator for up to two months.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Grenadine Syrup Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 87 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 4mg0%
Potassium 89mg3%
Carbohydrates 22g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 22g24%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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