Tangy, sweet, and astonishingly red, grenadine syrup adds life to your cocktails and mocktails. Learn what we like the most about this classic non-alcoholic bar syrup!
What is grenadine?
Grenadine is a popular pomegranate syrup used in drinks and recipes. The name grenadine comes from the French word grenade, meaning pomegranate. Grenadine syrup was traditionally prepared from pure pomegranate juice, sugar, and water. Today, many grenadine brands prepare the syrup from artificial flavorings and colors.
You may find from the label that your grenadine syrup has no pomegranate at all but rather contains high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, artificial flavors, and preservatives. However, pure grenadine can be found at specialty stores and middle-eastern grocers.
The good news is that you can easily make grenadine at home by simply boiling pomegranate juice with sugar, and voila! We love this recipe. The best part is you can store your homemade grenadine in the fridge for up to one month.
Flavor of grenadine
Grenadine offers a tarty-sweet flavor that works perfectly for cocktails and mocktails. The dark red color of grenadine makes drinks more visually appetizing. However, it’s solely used as a colorant for a variety of drinks and dishes.
Grenadine has been used in traditional drinks and beverages for centuries. A blend of classic and modern, a tequila sunrise uses grenadine and orange juice to mimic the orange-red color transition in a sunrise. We think this refreshing cocktail is one of the best grenadine recipes of all time.
Another mouth-watering French cocktail, tomate, is prepared from grenadine, partis, and water. Tomate first originated in 1895 in a bistro in southern France, from where it rapidly gained popularity throughout the country. Queen Mary is a North American drink made from beer and grenadine.
Now let’s head towards the non-alcoholic grenadine uses. Shirley Temple is a popular mocktail prepared from ginger ale, grenadine, lime, plenty of ice, and garnished with a maraschino cherry.
Another refreshing mocktail, Roy Rogers, made from cola and grenadine, is named after the actor, Roy Rogers. A rather simple grenadine mocktail is prepared from mixing ice, water, and a splash of grenadine for flavor, and an attractive color. Try adding lemon to this classic mocktail to bring on the lemonade kick.
Grenadine uses are not restricted to drinks. Chinese cuisine adds grenadine to give the typical ruby red color to various dishes including lamb chops. Grenadine is also used to glaze meat including chicken, duck, beef, fish, and pork. Next time you run out of red food color, go ahead and use grenadine for the classic red color and make your recipes more appetizing.
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