Grenadine: All You Need To Know About This Pomegranate Syrup
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The pomegranate-based syrup – also known as grenadine – is a relatively familiar ingredient but not much is known about it besides the fact that it contributes a beautiful crimson colour to drinks. Originally made with a base of pomegranate juice, the syrup derives its name from the French word ‘grenade’ which means pomegranate. For a homemade version of the syrup, a handful of ingredients like pomegranate juice, sugar and lemon juice should suffice to create a perfect balance of tartness and sweetness.

It is worth noting that the store-bought grenadine is usually made with little more than high-fructose corn syrup, citric acid, and red food colouring. This means that the store-bought syrup is more heavy-handed with sweetness and does not have the same complex flavours that would come from making homemade grenadine syrup with fruit juices. In the realm of mixology, the popularity of grenadine comes as a result of its natural hue and tangy undertones which make it an ideal companion to pair with a spectrum of spirits – from a Tequila Sunrise to the rum-forward Hurricane.

The visually striking effect that grenadine provides, while sinking to the bottom of a glass or while creating layered patterns has been one of the benchmark aesthetics in good bartending. Besides cocktails, its most iconic association is with the Shirley Temple – a popular non-alcoholic concoction named after an iconic child star. The edible applications of grenadine extend beyond drinks, to desserts and culinary creations since it adds a burst of flavour, elevating the appeal of fruit salads, glazes and meats.

Here Are Some Of The Best Drinks To Make With Grenadine Syrup

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Shirley Temple

Made with ginger ale, grenadine and maraschino cherries, the Shirley Temple has a beautiful pink hue and sweet, fruity taste.

Tequila Sunrise

A touch of grenadine is used to create a visually stunning sunrise effect in this tequila-based cocktail, where the syrup is typically layered on top of a mixture of tequila and orange juice.

Sea Breeze

A Sea Breeze cocktail combines vodka, cranberry juice and grapefruit juice, with grenadine adding a touch of sweetness and colour – perfect to sip during a hot summer day.

Roy Rogers

Similar to the Shirley Temple, the Roy Rogers is a mocktail that combines grenadine with cola and a maraschino cherry for a fizzy and cold beverage to enjoy with some food.


Originating from New Orleans, the rum-based Hurricane showcases grenadine as one of the key ingredients alongside rum, passion fruit juice and citrus.