Most modern mixology aficionados cringe when they hear the word “grenadine.” The artificially colored and flavored syrup’s ingredient list reads quite a bit like that of children’s cough medicine, which does not make it a very good choice to mix into fine spirits. Why, then, does grenadine appear in so many time-honored cocktail recipes? It turns out that historic grenadine is a far cry from its modern descendant: the traditional ingredients are just pomegranate, sugar and water. This delicious, natural, and historically-accurate mixture is a breeze to make yourself.
To make your house-made pomegranate syrup, begin with 2 cups of fresh pomegranate seeds and boil them in 1 cup of water. Stir in 1 cup of sugar until sugar is entirely dissolved. Lower heat and allow the syrup to simmer for 10 minutes, then turn off the stove. Strain out the seeds once cool. This syrup will keep refrigerated for some time.