Saturday nights, we usually have our friends and their kids over. Especially in the summer, when we’re more apt to make a cocktail, we have started making special drinks for the kids too, who under normal circumstances think of juice as a special treat.
One night our friend Steve brought over some grenadine syrup to make Shirley Temples, and as much as I knew that Rose’s Grenadine had ingredients that are normally not allowed in the house (high fructose corn syrup, artificial food coloring), I just rolled with it and figured it was important to break the rules once in a while. Our kids were so in love with us that night, and maybe even better behaved than usual.
So the grenadine is staying, even if just for special occasions (but not every Saturday night).
Contrary to popular belief, grenadine is not a cherry-flavored syrup. Maraschino cherries have nothing to do with it. This sweet-tart syrup is made from pomegranates, and it is surprisingly easy to make at home. In case you feel inspired to make your grenadine, and actually, it isn’t that complicated, The Cocktail Chronicles has a good recipe. Here’s one recipe for you to try out.
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 to 2 dashes of orange flower water
- Gather the ingredients.
- In a saucepan, combine the pomegranate juice and sugar
- Bring to a slow boil, stirring constantly until all of the sugar is dissolved.
- Reduce the heat and cover.
- Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Allow the mixture to cool, then pour it into a small decanter or bottle with a tight-sealing lid.
- Add a dash or two of orange flower water (don’t overdo it).
- Seal the bottle and give it a few good shakes.
- Use in your favorite drink recipe and enjoy.
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