Have you checked your bottle of grenadine lately. Go look. I'll wait. You're back. Yeah, it's pretty bad, isn't it. Your bottle of store bought grenadine is made up red dyed high fructose corn syrup. Really. There is absolutely nothing in the ingredients that even gives you any idea of what grenadine is supposed to be. I had no idea. Cherry? I mean it's bright red. Strawberry? Again, it's red. Nope. It's supposed to be made from pomegranates! Who knew?
I googled around and found several different ideas. Some used fresh pomegranates, which would be ideal of course, but I was a bit too lazy for that and besides my store wasn't selling them any more. I had missed their fleeting season. Instead I focused on those using pomegranate juice. Once again, there were a few variations. You could include pomegranate molasses or you could leave it out. I decided I wanted the richness that I assumed it would add. Some added orange flower water and some didn't. Since I already had orange flower water, that was a no brainer. I searched high and low for pomegranate molasses and eventually ordered it off of Amazon, with Prime it was here in two days.
You are not going to believe how easy this is. Basically you heat up the ingredients. Let it cool and pour it into a bottle. That's it. I'm not kidding. Wait till you taste it! It is so delicious, tart and sweet. You will not feel bad about using this in your cocktails! Don't be surprised if, like me, you find yourself searching for cocktails that contain grenadine just so you can use it!
- Heat the pomegranate juice, sugar, and molasses in a pan over medium heat until the sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat and stir in the orange flower water.
- Cool to room temperature and store in a lidded jar or bottle in the refrigerator. If you are not planning on using it all in one month, you can add the ounce of vodka to extend the life.