Grenadine | Rich Pomegranate Syrup

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What is Grenadine

Grenadine is pomegranate simple syrup and it originated in Persia (modern day Iran) where it is called Rob-e-anar and is a traditional ingredient in some Persian dishes. Also in Persian cooking it is boiled down to more of a molasses like thickness, but when used in cocktails the thinner syrup viscosity mixes easier. The word grenadine comes from the French word for pomegranate, grenade. During the 19th century, pomegranate syrup was mostly unknown in the United States yet and syrups made from raspberries and strawberries were much more common in drinks. Grenadine starts to get popular as a cocktail ingredient in the US around the turn of the 20th century. Some of the first grenadine cocktails appear in George Kappeler’s (Of the New York’s Holland House Hotel) 1895 Modern American Drinks and Louis Fouquet’s 1896 Bariana. Grenadine most likely started out as a European syrup that very quickly made its way to the United States and by the 1910s became a much more common syrup in mixed drinks. It’s around this time that cocktails like the Jack rose and ward 8 come about. Regional variations of some drinks still exist though that are a result of Americans having a longer history with using raspberry or strawberry syrups. For example the rose cocktail in American cocktail books often used raspberry syrup and English cocktail books used grenadine. Another example is the clover club cocktail, where in the United States it is made with raspberry syrup but in English books like the savoy it’s made with grenadine.

Should You Buy It Or Make It

Always, always, always make your own syrups. Unless its gum syrup, tonic syrup, or orgeat. Gum and orgeat you can make its just kinda a pain in the butt, and tonic I would never make from scratch. Grenadine is super easy to make, is cheap to make too, and results in a much better product. The recipe below is a standard grenadine recipe but an ounce of pomegranate molasses adds a nice richness to the syrup.

If you don’t have orange blossom water that’s fine but it really adds an amazing flavor and aroma to the syrup. It’s importance shouldn’t be understated, but don’t let not having it keep you from making your own. Pomegranate juice and sugar is good one its own but it is traditional to add the orange blossom water. Remember grenadine originated from the Middle East as a culinary ingredient, and orange blossom water is also a common ingredient in Persian cooking, so if you want to make a grenadine that taste similar to what early French and English mixologist were using, then add a little orange blossom water. If middle eastern markets are not common in your area then just order it online. Its worth it.


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Grenadine | Rich Pomegranate Syrup

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A simple easy grenadine recipe for cocktails.


  • 2 cups White Sugar

  • 2 cups Pomegranate Juice

  • 1 oz Orange Blossom Water


  • Combine sugar, pomegranate juice, and lemon juice in a stove top pot and bring to a light simmer.
  • Stir till the sugar is fully dissolved and let the syrup simmer 10 – 15 minutes or till it has thickened a little. This give the syrup a more velvety texture and lets the flavors caramelize, giving the syrup a deeper more develop flavor.
  • Remove the grenadine from the heat. Let it cool and then stir in orange blossom water. Bottle and refrigerate.


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