The other night I found a recipe that I wanted to try that called for grenadine. Like many folks, I have an old sticky bottle of fluorescent red grenadine on my condiment shelf. As I pulled out this forgotten relic, I realized that using what is basically just red dye and high fructose corn syrup is not "crafty".
Originally, grenadine was made from pomegranates. Its name is derived from the French word "grenade" meaning pomegranate. The grenadine most us are familiar with - not using any names, but you know who you are - has contains no pomegranate. Corn syrup is easier to make and never goes bad. There are some brands that still include fruit as an ingredient. So if you chose the commercial route, go with these.
Making grenadine at home, however, is so simple, you may wonder why you've never done it before. Here's the recipe:
House Made Grenadine
2 cups POM Pomegranate Juice
2 cups Sugar
In a large pot, bring pomegranate juice to a boil.
Reduce heat and slowly stir in sugar.
Simmer on low-med heat for approx. 10 minutes.
How simple is that? In less time than it takes a pizza to be delivered, you just made you're very own grenadine. Store in air tight containers for up to two weeks in the fridge.
I chose POM because its 100% pomegranate juice that contains no sugar. (promise I wasn't paid to say that) Pomegranate juice has become so popular in recent years, you should have no problem finding it.
Occasionally you'll see grenadine added to give the drink color . Below is a Ginger Martini I made where I add a few splashes of grenadine to give the drink a gorgeous pink hue and a touch of sweetness. You can always try it without.