First, what is grenadine?
A deep red syrup used for hundreds of years to flavor and give a reddish/pink tinge to drinks and other recipes, true grenadine is made from pomegranate juice and sugar syrup. The name comes from the French grenade and the Spanish grenada, words for pomegranate.
Alas, today’s mass-marketed “grenadine” is faux grenadine, containining neither pomegranate nor sugar. If you want to pour HFCS (high fructose corn syrup) into your drink, go ahead.
Otherwise, look for artisan brands and check the label.
Or, make your own grenadine. Here’s the recipe.
Making grenadine syrup couldn’t be easier. And once you’ve made a batch, you can use it to make dozens of delicious recipes: not just drinks, but everything from mains to desserts.
And you can give it as gifts.
Grenadine Overview & History
Grenadine. Some European brands contain
alcohol and are drunk as a cordial. Photo
by Coatilex | Wikimedia.