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8 Grenadine Cocktails Worth Sipping

Grenadine isn’t a liquor and yet it’s a key cocktail ingredient. Check out eight grenadine cocktail recipes that feature the ruby-red syrup and see which one will be your favorite.

Dirty Shirley Cocktail with Black Background
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You’ve probably tasted grenadine – after all, its a key ingredient in several popular cocktails and mocktails. Perhaps you’ve bought a bottle at your local liquor store. Or, if you’re an over-achiever, maybe you whipped up a batch at home.

Either way, if you’re like most people, you don’t truly understand grenadine. Maybe you assume it’s a liquor or perhaps you think it’s a berry beverage. Spoiler alert – it’s neither.

Read on to find out what grenadine actually is and learn how to craft our favorite grenadine cocktails. But first, get in the grenadine mood by checking out this Grateful Dead song about brown eyed women and red grenadine.

What Is Grenadine?

Pouring Grenadine for Clover Club Cocktail
This Clover Club was the first cocktail we crafted with grenadine but it certainly wasn’t the last. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Essentially, grenadine is a non-alcoholic syrup that’s notable for both its deep red color and its sweet yet tart flavor. Grenadine’s zero ABV should be no surprise if you drank Shirley Temples or Roy Rogers’ when you were a kid. And, while grenadine is traditionally made with pomegranates, it can be made with other fruit too.

While grenadine cocktail syrup is relatively easy to make at home with just three ingredients (pomegranate juice, sugar and orange flower water), it’s even easier to buy a bottle of pre-made grenadine. Just be careful and read labels when you buy bottled grenadine.

Brands like Rose’s produce grenadine syrup with corn syrup as well as artificial colors and flavors. We prefer Monin grenadine since it’s made with actual fruit and other natural ingredients.

Grenadine Cocktails

Straining Mary Pickford Cocktail
We always keep grenadine on hand since it’s a key ingredient in cocktails like the Mary Pickford. | Image: ©2foodtrippers

Grenadine cocktails run the gamut and span the globe. Some are classic while others are modern. Typically in colors like pink and ruby red, their liquors include gin, rum, tequila and vodka.

Despite this diversity, the best grenadine cocktails have one important similarity. They taste as good as they look.

These are our favorites:

8 Of The Best Grenadine Cocktails

Tequila Sunrise with White Background
Tequila Sunrise
Our Tequila Sunrise recipe is so easy to craft that you'll be sipping your tasty tequila tipple in just a few minutes. In other words, it's not just another Tequila Sunrise recipe. It's a keeper.
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Mary Pickford Cocktail with Garnish
Mary Pickford
Inspired by one of Hollywood's top actresses during Prohibition, the Mary Pickford cocktail is a tasty tipple that has passed the test of time. It's also easy to craft with just a handful of ingredients.
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Dirty Shirley Cocktail with White Background from Above
Dirty Shirley
The Dirty Shirley isn't just a grown up version of the popular Shirley Temple drink. It's also a refreshing cocktail that's super easy to craft at home in just five minutes.
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Hurricane Cocktail with Blue Background
Hurricane
Drinking a Hurricane cocktail at Pat O'Brien's is a rite of passage for first-time visitors to New Orleans. However, you can craft a better version of the fruity cocktail at home no matter where you live.
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Pink Lady Cocktail with Cherries
Pink Lady
The Pink Lady cocktail proves that you shouldn't judge a drink by its color. Despite its 'girly' hue, this pink drink is a sophisticated sipper that's more dry than sweet. Try our easy recipe and make the classic cocktail at home in just five minutes.
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Tomate Cocktail by Wall
Tomate
This easy Tomate cocktail recipe has just has four ingredients including water and ice. Though you'll be tempted to drink this refreshing drink on a hot summer day, it's also the perfect color to serve at a Christmas party or other festive event.
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Clover Club Cocktail on Ledge
Clover Club
This Clover Club cocktail is simultaneously sweet and tart. Learn how to make this frothy pre-prohibition cocktail at home in just five minutes.
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Ward 8 Cocktail from Above
Ward 8
The Ward 8 cocktail isn't as famous as its cousin, the Whiskey Sour, but it should be. Simultaneously sweet and spicy, this pre-prohibition potent potable is as easy to sip as it is to craft.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is grenadine?

Grenadine is a non-alcoholic syrup used to craft popular cocktails like the Hurricane and the Tequila Sunrise. It’s notable for both its deep red color and its sweet yet tart flavor. Traditionally made with pomegranate, grenadine can also be made with other fruits.

What kind of alcohol is grenadine?

Grenadine isn’t an alcohol. Instead, it’s a non-alcoholic syrup that’s used to craft a number of popular cocktails and mocktails.

What’s the most popular grenadine cocktail?

The Tequila Sunrise is the most popular grenadine cocktail. Its other ingredients include tequila and orange juice.

What’s the most popular grenadine mocktail.

The Shirley Temple is the most popular grenadine mocktail. Its other ingredients include ginger ale and lemon-lime soda.

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About The Authors

About The Authors

Daryl & Mindi Hirsch

Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website. Since launching the site in 2012, they’ve traveled to over 40 countries in their quest to bring readers their unique taste of the world.

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Original Publication Date: July 8, 2023

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