Spruce up your cocktail with grenadine syrup
For years grenadine syrup has been used for mix drinks and cocktails. Some drinks only add this syrup in for color while most of the time it is to add some different flavor. The original grenadine was simply a juice made out of pomegranate or cherry but the grenadine known so well today is actually a syrup version of the juice. Today’s version also has much more sugar than it used to as well. Most of those cherry sodas that are so popular today are actually made with this grenadine syrup.
Growing up one of my favorite drinks to have was called a Shirley Temple. This was just a lemon lime soda like Sprite, mixed with grenadine and sometimes even a real cherry or two! I would get this drink anywhere it was available and continued to love it until I hit my late teenage years. Some of the cocktails you have enjoyed for years may include this syrup and you may not have known. These cocktails include the Alabama Slammer, Amaretto Sunrise, The Grapefruit Lemonade, and Hawaiian Punch.
You can even make grenadine syrup from scratch at home if you want to bottle your own or use it for your drinks at home. Although, some people prefer to just buy a bottle at the local super market. If you do decide to make yours at home you can except to spend about thirty minutes doing so and need to have a little over two pounds of pomegranates. The way you prepare your syrup will depend on the recipe you follow but they all start by pealing the membranes from the pomegranate. Once the juice releases you can strain it and finish the preparation based on the recipe that you are following.