Make your own Grenadine

Do you have Rose's Grenadine at your home bar? You do? Well, throw it out immediately. It is not grenadine. It is mostly high-fructose corn syrup and doesn't taste a thing like grenadine. Don't worry, early on I didn't know that either. But when I found out how easy it was to make my own grenadine, I never looked back.

Grenadine is a syrup made primarily from pomegranate juice. Recipes vary, but most include orange blossom water and sugar. Through a bit of tinkering with other's recipes, here is mine. It includes 2 drops of absinthe. I just like a little bit of that herbal essence. But you can omit that if you like.

~ The 200 Drinks Grenadine Recipe ~

1 cup 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 cup granulated sugar
4 drops of orange-flower water
3 drops absinthe

Add the pomegranate juice and sugar to a sauce pan. Add heat and bring to boil. Let boil for about 90 seconds. Remove from heat and let the mixture cool. Store in a airtight container.

The grenadine is good for several weeks.

Ingredient Notes:
POM is a great pomegranate juice you can buy at most grocery stores.

Orange-flower water is harder to find, though I was able to purchase it at my local Whole Foods. You can skip the orange-flower water and absinthe if you are in a bind.

J.B. is the founder of 200 Drinks. He spends most of his day working as a design leader at a large technology company but finds time in his schedule to enjoy a drink and write about it. He lives in Dallas, Texas with his wife, son and pup.