Grenadine Syrup: How to Make Quick Grenadine

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Commercial grenadine syrup can be quite unhealthy. Learn how to make a simple homemade grenadine syrup using easy-to-find ingredients that you feel good about mixing into your drinks.

Grenadine syrup can be a wonderful thing to keep in the fridge. Mixed with the right ingredients, you can enjoy some fun and interesting drinks. And they don’t have to be alcoholic drinks either!

A capped, clear, glass bottle filled with Grenadine Syrup sits on a cutting board.

What Is Grenadine?

Grenadine is a rich red concoction and sweet syrup that is used to make popular drinks. It is typically made with simple syrup, pure cane sugar, or high-fructose corn syrup. Every kid and bartender knows it as the red stuff that makes a Shirley Temple. It adds a splash of color to any drink you add it to, as well as a shot of sweetness. It’s most often used with cocktail mixers and other favorite spirits

“The word grenadine comes from France in the late 1800s, from sirop de grenadine for ‘syrup made from pomegranates.’ “

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What Is The Main Ingredient In Grenadine?

The main ingredient in grenadine is pomegranate juice. This provides the almost cherry-like flavor that grenadine is well known for. You can use fresh pomegranate juice that you squeeze yourself (see instructions below), or you can use the bottled variety. Either one will give you the unique taste of pomegranate flavor that grenadine is so well known for.

Is Grenadine The Same As Cherry Syrup?

No, they are different. While both are often made with simple syrup, cherry syrup is made with sweet cherry juice, and grenadine is made with pomegranate juice. Same idea, but two different flavors.

An overhead view looking down on a cutting board that holds a glass of shirley temple, a whole pomegranate ad a jar of Grenadine Syrup.

Is Grenadine The Same As Simple Syrup?

Simple syrup is typically an ingredient in grenadine, but grenadine is not simple syrup. Grenadine is essentially simple syrup with pomegranate juice added.

Popular Grenadine Drinks

There are many alcoholic cocktails that use commercial brands of grenadine. The most popular classic cocktail being a Tequila Sunrise. But there are plenty of non-alcoholic drink recipes that can be made with grenadine as well and they are perfect for everything from a big celebration to an average weekday evening. Here are a few examples of fun drinks and mocktails you can make with it:

  • Shirley Temples – grenadine and ginger ale.
  • Roy Rogers – dark soda (such as coke or pepsi) and grenadine. For a cleaner version, you can purchase natural sodas instead. Zevia is a great brand.
  • Cinderella – pineapple juice, lemon juice, grenadine and soda water.
  • Rosy Pippin – Apple juice, lemon juice, grenadine and ginger ale.
  • Alice – pineapple juice, heavy cream, orange juice, and grenadine.
  • Pink Lemonade – water, lemon juice, grenadine, and granulated sweetener.
  • Honey Bunny – orange juice, carrot juice, and grenadine.
  • Spikey Hedgehog – grenadine, cranberry juice, lime juice, and club soda.

A Word About Maraschino Cherries

Many drinks made with grenadine syrup are served with maraschino cherries. These are about as far from healthy as you can get.

“Typically, fresh Royal cherries are bleached with calcium chloride and sulfur dioxide until they turn yellow and lose their natural flavor (WHY?!). Then they’re marinated in high fructose corn syrup and Red #4 food coloring for upwards of three weeks. Not delish.”

Delish.com

What’s Great About This Grenadine Syrup Recipe?

You don’t have to boil anything, use a saucepan, or worry about preservatives or artificial flavors. It uses unprocessed sweetener and real juice without any added sugar.

Often in the interest of preserving it longer, grenadine syrup will have an ounce of vodka added to it. But this isn’t necessary and you definitely want to avoid it if you need to make non-alcoholic beverages.

A shriley temple drink in a canning jar made with all natural Grenadine Syrup.

Grenadine Ingredients

1 cup pomegranate juice – You can use fresh squeezed or bottled (as long as there is no sugar added – Pom is a good brand to buy.)

⅓ cup granular sweetener – Use powdered sweetener for quicker dissolving. Sucanat, coconut sugar, date sugar, or monk fruit are good options. If you prefer liquid sweetener, you can use a ¼ cup honey or a ⅓ cup maple syrup. But these will change the flavor a bit.

1 tbsp. lemon juice – Fresh squeezed is best, but bottled will work in a pinch.

How To Make Homemade Grenadine Syrup

All the Grenadine Syrup Recipe ingredients sitting on a cutting board.

Collect

Collect all your ingredients, measuring them as you do.

Grenadine Syrup, mixed and sitting in a measuring cup with a whisk resting inside the cup.

Combine

In a jar with a lid (I used a canning jar), combine all three ingredients. Shake or stir well.

The finished Grenadine Syrup in a canning jar, a shirley temple drink and a whole pomegranate sit on a cutting board.

Use

Use it for any drink you’d like to make.

How To Store Grenadine

Always keep your grenadine in the refrigerator. While the store-bought variety may keep fine on a counter (I have no idea, I’ve never used it), this version is made with all-natural ingredients that will definitely spoil if left out.

Shelf Life Of Homemade Grenadine

This homemade version will last about a week in the fridge, maybe a bit more. It will start to taste sour when it goes bad. So if you’ve had it a while, a very small taste may be in order before you use it up.

Can You Freeze Grenadine Syrup?

You can! In fact, one of the best ways to freeze this particular recipe is in ice cube trays. But any freezer-safe and food-safe container will work.

How To De-Seed & Juice A Pomegranate – Video

If you want to make your own pomegranate juice, here’s how to quickly and easily make it from fresh pomegranates.

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Grenadine Syrup Recipe

A delicious grenadine for making all sorts of yummy drinks.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 5 servings
Calories: 67kcal
Author: The Gracious Pantry

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Equipment

  • 1 canning jar with lid

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • ¼ cup granular sweetener
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice

Instructions

  • Collect and measure all ingredients.
    All the Grenadine Syrup Recipe ingredients sitting on a cutting board.
  • In a jar with a lid (I used a canning jar), combine all three ingredients. Close the lid and give it a good shake.
    Grenadine Syrup, mixed and sitting in a measuring cup with a whisk resting inside the cup.
  • Use it for any drink you'd like to make.
    The finished Grenadine Syrup in a canning jar, a shirley temple drink and a whole pomegranate sit on a cutting board.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 67kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 113mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg
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