DIY Grenadine Syrup

April 19, 2012

Grenadine is a sweet red syrup added to drinks for color and flavor.  It is often mistaken as a cherry flavored syrup but grenadine is actually made by simmering pomegranate juice with sugar.  Grenadine can be added to a myriad of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks including Shirley Temple, Tequila Sunrise, Roy Rodgers and more.  If you make your own grenadine, you will always have it on hand when the need for a festive drink arises.



2 1/4 pounds pomegranates
1 pint water
Separate the pomegranate seeds from the membranes and skin.
In a heavy saucepan, cover pomegranate seeds with 1 pint of water and simmer, stirring until juice sacs release their juice, about 5 minutes.
Strain through cheesecloth into a bowl, pressing the juice from the seeds. Discard seeds.
Measure the strained pomegranate juice and add an equal amount of sugar.
Pour into saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
Cool to room temperature. Store in the refrigerator.

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