I talk a lot about cocktails, and that’s because I was a cocktail and wine writer for a few years, professionally. One thing that all great bars (i.e., bars that charge $16+ a cocktail) tout is that they make all their own flavorings and syrups.
That seems nuts until you realize: it’s painfully easy and requires little to no labor. The easiest to start with– and the one you’ll get the most use out of? Definitely making your own grenadine.
DIY Grenadine Recipe
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1-2 dashes orange bitters
- Place the pomegranate juice in a heavy-bottom sauce pot and put on low-medium heat. Stir in your granulated sugar and continue to stir occasionally while simmering until the volume reduces by 1/3 to 1/2.
- Let cool, and transfer to a squeeze bottle or empty jar. Shake in a few dashes of orange bitters for flavor.
The syrup from this Grenadine Recipe stays good in the fridge for up to six months– and works just as well as the store-bought stuff that’s filled with preservative and unnatural, gross stuff. And trust me, the home made stuff tastes