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Homemade Grenadine Syrup

Skip the store bought stuff and learn how to make grenadine from scratch instead. You only need 2 ingredients, and this homemade grenadine is so beautiful and full of fresh pomegranate flavor with no artificial additives.

A bottle of homemade grenadine with two cocktails in the background.

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What I love about homemade grenadine

There are so many reasons to love grenadine. The beautiful color, the flavor it brings to cocktails and the sweetness, but there are plenty on the market that aren’t even really grenadine.

They’re basically high fructose corn syrup dressed up in a colorful coat of red 40. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll still use store bought in a pinch, but when I have leftover pomegranate juice from making other cocktails, like my blackberry margarita smash, you can bet I’ll make a batch of this homemade grenadine.

What is grenadine? (Just in case you’re wondering)

Traditional grenadine is a simple syrup made from pomegranate juice and it gets its name from the French word for pomegranate, grenade.

Surprising, I know, since I thought for the majority of my life that it was the red juice from a jar of maraschino cherries. Thankfully, the internet has taught me better.

An overhead shot of a bottle full of homemade grenadine with 2 different cocktails and a cocktail jigger in the background.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a grenadine substitute

Equipment:

Ingredients:

  • Pomegranate juice
  • Sugar
  • Lemon juice (optional)
A bottle of homemade grenadine on a marble coaster with a cocktail jigger next to it.

How to make homemade grenadine syrup

Make the syrup. Combine equal parts pomegranate juice and sugar in a saucepan. I usually do 1 cup of each, but if you have 1 1/4 cups of pomegranate juice and want to use it all, use 1 1/4 cup sugar.

Heat the pan to medium and let it cook until the sugar dissolves completely. Stir occasionally to prevent burning. Depending on your stove, it should only take about 5 minutes or so. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool.

Bottle it up. Transfer the grenadine to a syrup container or a mason jar. Cover and put it in the fridge for up to one month.

You can also freeze your grenadine if you don’t plan on using it all within that window.

An overhead shot of a bottle full of homemade grenadine with 2 different cocktails and a cocktail jigger in the background.

FAQs and tips for making this grenadine recipe

What is the main ingredient of grenadine?

The main ingredient in traditional grenadine is pomegranate juice. However, commercial grenadine tends to be made with corn syrup and artificial flavorings.

Is there a substitute for grenadine?

You can use raspberry syrup, simple syrup or even pomegranate molasses (although it’s a bit more viscous) as a substitute for grenadine.

How long does homemade grenadine last?

It should last for about a month, but you’ll want to keep it covered and refrigerated. If you can’t use it in time, you can freeze it.

A cocktail made with homemade grenadine on a coaster with a bottle of homemade grenadine in the background.

Cocktails you can make with your homemade grenadine:

Other (non-cocktail) recipes that use grenadine:

An overhead shot of a bottle full of homemade grenadine with 2 different cocktails and a cocktail jigger in the background.
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Homemade Grenadine Syrup

Skip the store bought stuff and learn how to make grenadine from scratch instead. You only need 2 ingredients, and this homemade grenadine is so beautiful and full of fresh pomegranate flavor with no artificial additives.

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Mixers
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Vegan

Ingredients

Scale
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Combine pomegranate juice, sugar and lemon juice (if using) in a saucepan.
  2. Heat the pan to medium and cook until the sugar dissolves, stirring as needed to prevent burning.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool.

  4. Transfer the grenadine to a syrup container or a mason jar. Cover and put it in the fridge for up to one month.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 76
  • Sugar: 19.3 g
  • Sodium: 2 mg
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 19.5 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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