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.
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?
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.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
Grenadine isn’t an alcohol. Instead, it’s a non-alcoholic syrup that’s used to craft a number of popular cocktails and mocktails.
The Tequila Sunrise is the most popular grenadine cocktail. Its other ingredients include tequila and orange juice.
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
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.
Original Publication Date: July 8, 2023