Homemade Grenadine Syrup
Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Once you’ve had homemade grenadine syrup, there is no going back to the grocery store kind. My buddy Melody made some for me when we got together to create infused syrups not that long ago. She had looked around the internet for some recipes, and noticed that orange flower water was used as a special ingredient. Neither of us had any on hand to use back then. So of course, I had to find some for my next batch of grenadine. (The orange flower water adds an additional layer of flavor, but isn’t a make or break ingredient.) Here’s the recipe I came up with this time around:
Mama Beth’s Grenadine Syrup
- 1 cup pomegranate juice
- 1 cup organic brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon orange flower water (I found mine at Central Market just north of Seattle)
- 1 ounce vodka (optional)
Mix the pomegranate juice and the brown sugar together in a small saucepan, and bring to a simmer to dissolve the sugar. Let simmer for 5 – 10 minutes, stirring every once in a while. Remove from the heat. Once the syrup has cooled down, add the orange flower water and the optional vodka. The vodka will extend the life of your grenadine. Store in the refrigerator.
And to celebrate having a fresh supply of homemade grenadine syrup on hand, I invented this goes-down-easy cocktail:
Mama Beth’s Thyme Twist
- 2 ounces of gin or vodka (or rum, or brandy, or whiskey, or tequilia – pick your favorite)
- 3 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 ounce grenadine syrup
- 4 ounces chilled club soda
In a glass mixing container, muddle the thyme with your spirit choice and the lemon juice. (The thyme flavor will intensify the longer you let it steep in the liquor. Use a little patience if you can. Like 5 – 10 minutes worth of patience.)
Stir in the grenadine, and strain into your serving glass. Top with the chilled club soda and a fresh sprig of thyme.
To create a non-alcoholic drink, substitute the 2 ounces of liquor with 2 more ounces of club soda. It’s an equally delicious version.