I made pomegranate grenadine from scratch using this incredibly simple recipe attributed to Todd Thrasher that I found in Jason Wilson’s Boozehound (adapted for quantity):
- 1 473ml bottle Pom brand pure pomegranate juice
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Rind of 1 small orange, in large strips
Bring the pomegranate juice to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the remaining ingredients and lower heat to medium-low. Simmer the mixture very gently about 45 minutes, until reduced by half. Strain through a fine sieve and allow to cool.
I was thrilled with the product of this recipe. The dark red syrup is not too thick but is wonderfully flavorful. It has a molasses essence that is sweet but at the same time very tart. The orange rind permeates the syrup, reminding me of holiday spices. There’s really no excuse to buy commercial grenadine when you can produce one of this quality so simply and affordably.
The grenadine will keep for two weeks in the fridge, as is. To extend the shelf life for up to two months add an ounce of 151 rum.
As a side note I’m absolutely using this grenadine to deglaze my holiday ham. It’s stunning!!