… …

How to Make Homemade Grenadine

Learn how to make Homemade Grenadine syrup, it is so easy and delicious. Our family loves to use grenadine for everything from ice cream topping to a bright addition to a beverage. Check out our super simple recipe for making it from scratch!

What is Grenadine?

Surprising to many, grenadine is not made of cherries even though it tastes very much like cherry juice. It is actually made of pomegranate juice! It’s a very simple combination of pomegranate juice and sugar, simmered down to a simple syrup.

How to Make Homemade Grenadine
How to Make Homemade Grenadine

Why Make Homemade Grenadine?

I was skeptical about making this from scratch recipe for grenadine at first as well. However, it is a world of difference from the store bought version. It has a more robust flavor and is sweet without having any extra additives.

Homemade Grenadine Syrup in Small Glass
Homemade Grenadine Syrup in Small Glass

What Can Grenadine be Used for?

This simple syrup has many uses. Here are a few examples:

  • Stir into mixed drinks for a cherry-like flavor
  • Freeze it into cubes to put into beverages
  • Pour over ice cream or swirl it in
  • Flavor your favorite plain soda
  • Add a twist of sweet flavor to your favorite meat or dessert recipes
Grenadine Syrup Over Ice Cream
Grenadine Syrup Over Ice Cream

What is a simple syrup?

A simple syrup is a blend of sugar and a liquid such as juice. This combination can be cold processed or hot processed in order to combine the sugar with the liquid. It can also be reduced or have the sugar content increased to become thicker.

Homemade Pomegranate Juice in a Pitcher
Homemade Pomegranate Juice in a Pitcher

Common Questions when Making Grenadine

How long do you simmer grenadine?

Depending on how syrupy you like it, you can simmer it anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes.

Pomegranate Showing the Seeds Inside the Fruit
Pomegranate Showing the Seeds Inside the Fruit

Should you allow a simple syrup to boil?

It depends on what you plan to do with the syrup. Boiling the syrup will decrease the amount of water, resulting in a thicker substance. If you want it to be thin, then do not allow it to boil. I like to reduce mine so I do gently boil, or simmer, the syrup.

How to Cold Process a Simple Syrup

 Simple syrups can be cold processed by using a method of agitation such as shaking or using a blender. Many people swear by the blender method. Simply add room temperature water, or liquid of choice, to your blender and then add your sugar. Process until you cannot see the sugar. For a thicker syrup, increase the sugar amount.

Lemon-Lime with Grenadine Syrup
Lemon-Lime with Grenadine Syrup

There is a lot of debate as to whether it is better to cold process or hot process a simple syrup. You should choose whichever option you are most comfortable with. Some people say that the cold process leaves it with a more “cane” sugar taste. However, hot processed is more shelf stable.

Stir the Mixture Until Dissolved
Stir the Mixture Until Dissolved

How to Make Homemade Grenadine

Simply boil pomegranate juice with sugar and lemon or, any other additional flavor you wish to add, until a syrupy consistency is reached. The longer that you simmer the liquid the thicker and more intense the flavors will be. It becomes almost more like a molasses than a syrup.

Lemon-Lime Soda with Grenadine Syrup
Lemon-Lime Soda with Grenadine Syrup

How to Make Homemade Grenadine
Pin Recipe
Print Recipe

How to Make Homemade Grenadine

Learn how to make Homemade Grenadine syrup, it is so easy and delicious. Our family loves to use grenadine for everything from ice cream topping to a bright addition to a beverage. Check out our super simple recipe for making it from scratch!
 What is Grenadine?
Surprising to many, grenadine is not made of cherries even though it tastes very much like cherry juice. It is actually made of pomegranate juice! It’s a very simple combination of pomegranate juice and sugar, simmered down to a simple syrup.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time50 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: christmas cocktail, copycat, easter cocktail, Holiday drink
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 152kcal

As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Ingredients

  • 2 cup Pomegranate Juice
  • 2 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 2 teaspoon lemon juice optional

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, add pomegranate juice, sugar, and your optional lemon juice. Simmer, stirring occasionally.
    Stir the Mixture Until Dissolved
  • Make sure to dissolve the sugar fully. Simmer to your desired consistency. I cooked mine approximately 50 minutes until there was 1 ½ cups.
    Homemade Pomegranate Juice in a Pitcher

Your Own Private Notes

Video

Notes

I cooked my syrup until it was reduced to about 1 1/2 cups. Serving Size is 1 ounce.

Nutrition

Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 4mg | Potassium: 90mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg

1 Comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *