DIY Grenadine Recipe

Grenadine is a pomegranate syrup—or that's what it's supposed to be. But a lot of us think of grenadine as "that sweet stuff that turns drinks red" and avoid it like the technicolor plague. Real grenadine is a bit tart with a depth of flavor you just can't get from corn syrup.

DIY grenadine is as quick to make as simple syrup, and you are in control of how sweet it is. Pomegranate molasses and rosewater add a bit of complexity to the flavor of the final product.

Notes: If you are juicing the pomegranate yourself, one pomegranate usually yields about a cup of juice. If you buy the pomegranate juice, make sure to buy 100% pomegranate juice (not from concentrate) rather than a blend of different juices or juice from concentrate. This does make a difference in the depth and brightness of flavor. If you choose to leave the pomegranate molasses out, you'll need to add a bit more sugar.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 10 mins
Serves: 16 servings
Makes: 2 cups

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  • 2 cups pomegranate juice

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 4 tablespoons (2 fluid ouncespomegranate molasses

  • 2 teaspoons rosewater


  1. Heat pomegranate juice on medium for 5 minutes, then add the sugar and stir to dissolve. Continue to cook until the two integrate into a syrup, about 5 more minutes. Then add the pomegranate molasses and cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring to dissolve. Remove from heat.

  2. Let mixture cool to room temperature, then pour into glass container. Add rosewater, seal, and shake. Refrigerate and use as soon as its cool, or store in refrigerator for up to one month.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
92 Calories
0g Fat
24g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 92
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 4mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 74mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)