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How To Make Grenadine

Grenadine is easy to make.  It really is.  And the version you’ll make at home is far superior to that sugary, syrupy debacle you pick up at your local liquor store.  The first step to mixing up some classic cocktails is to have a good grenadine recipe and to always keep some on hand.  I use it in just about everything, so here’s a quick and easy recipe to get you started. 

Here’s what you’ll need on hand:

  1. Pomegranate Juice – I like POM Wonderful brand because it’s delicious.
  2. Orange – We’ll be using the zest and the juice, so make sure it’s a good looking orange. I like a small to medium sized orange for this recipe.
  3. Sugar – Granulated white sugar works best here.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Take two cups of pomegranate juice and one cup of sugar and put them in a saucepan over medium heat. Allow the sugar to dissolve, but don’t let the liquid come to a simmer yet. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the juice from 1/2 of the orange and mix.  Then add the zest of the orange.  If you have a gigantic orange, don’t use the whole thing.  Just be smart about it and adapt accordingly.

Bring the entire mixture up to a simmer and leave it there for about five minutes.  When it is done, strain the mixture** and let it cool.  Label it and refrigerate it for up to two weeks.

Here’s what you can use it in:

  1. Rum Punch
  2. Mai Tai
  3. Gin Sour
  4. Tequila Sunrise
  5. Ward Eight
  6. Jack Rose
  7. Shirley Temple (preferably non-alcoholic for the kiddies)
  8. The list goes on and on and on…

**I like to use cheesecloth for straining everything.  It’s the most effective method and it gives you the cleanest end product with the least amount of grit.  In the absence of cheesecloth, a fine mesh strainer or even a coffee filter will work just fine.  If there is a recipe that really requires a cheesecloth, I’ll be sure to let you know.

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This entry was posted on January 12, 2010 by in Made From Scratch, Mixer, Recipe and tagged , , .

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