Homemade Grenadine Recipe

Skip the store-bought stuff and make your own grenadine with this easy recipe using garden pomegranates.

Making grenadine at home using pomegranate juice adds fresh flavor to cocktails and desserts.

Homemade Grenadine

Making grenadine at home using pomegranate juice adds fresh flavor to cocktails and desserts.

Making grenadine at home using pomegranate juice adds fresh flavor to cocktails and desserts.

Related To:

Most of us are familiar with grenadine, the vibrant red syrup that is a mainstay of the well-stocked bar. Used in cocktails including the Roy Rogers, Tequila Sunrise and the non-alcoholic Shirley Temple, it adds a splash of color and sweetness to a variety of drinks. But because times have changed and most grenadines found in your local grocery are now little more than high-fructose corn syrup and food coloring, the primary ingredient has faded from the mix entirely and many don’t even recall what grenadine is meant to be.

In its basic form, grenadine (also called grenade syrup, after the French word for pomegranate) is pomegranate juice and sugar, combined much like a simple syrup to deliver a sweet and slightly tart kick to beverages. Although pomegranate syrup has been part of Middle Eastern cuisine for centuries, it didn’t appear in the U.S. until the mid- to late 1800s. Within decades, the crimson syrup became a popular addition to cocktails and was soon a standard bar ingredient, used as a flavoring for many mixed drinks in a growing cocktail scene.

Because of the expense and relatively short shelf life of genuine grenadine, it wasn’t long before artificial alternatives began to appear, made with citric acid and spices, but always dyed to imitate the bright-red color of the original. Although some brands of grenadine are still made using pomegranates, many contain no fruit juice at all. The flavor of fresh grenadine has been traded for shelf stability, aggressive sweetness and, of course, artificial color reminiscent of the original syrup.

In recent years, pomegranate juice has seen a surge in popularity for its distinctive flavor and health benefits, making it easier than ever to make your own grenadine at home using store-bought juice or using fresh pomegranates from your own backyard.

Fresh grenadine not only adds amazing flavor to cocktails you didn’t realize were missing it, but it can be used in ways beyond the bar. Try it on ice cream, baked goods or in seltzer or ginger ale for a refreshing DIY soda pop.

When preparing grenadine, stop cooking before it reaches the boiling point, which will take some of the color out of your mixer. Some recipes also call for orange-flower water. It may be added sparingly to give this easy-to-make grenadine complexity, but is not necessary to produce an authentic and spectacular grenadine that will give your cocktails a boost that has been all but lost in modern mixology.

The color of natural grenadine will seem a bit muted compared to the impossibly-red artificial coloring added to commercial grenadine. If you miss it, you can add a few drops of red food coloring once your pomegranate juice has cooled without affecting the flavor.


  • 2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Combine pomegranate juice and sugar in a saucepan.

Stir over medium-heat until sugar is completely dissolved and juice is just shy of boiling.

Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice.

Allow to cool to room temperature and transfer to an airtight container.

Store refrigerated for up to four weeks.

Next Up

Fruit Salsa Recipe

This colorful dip gets its refreshing flavor from fresh produce and mint leaves.

Frozen Grapes

This recipe is so easy and so versatile. Use frozen grapes to beautify a buffet, decorate a cake or as a chilled summer treat.

Fruity Iced Tea Recipes

Add these refreshing drinks to your warm-weather recipe repertoire.

Homemade Cranberry Sauce

Fresh cranberries or canned? This recipe resolves the debate.

Apple Dutch Baby Recipe

This big, puffy pancake is what’s for breakfast in Seattle.

Baked Apple Recipes

Granny Smith shares the spotlight with sweet and savory ingredients in these holiday recipes.

Applesauce Cake Recipe

Applesauce provides unbeatable flavor and moisture to this easy-to-make bundt cake.

Persimmon Bread Recipe

Persimmons are easy to grow and easy to bake with this great recipe.

Homemade Apple Jelly Recipe

Apples don’t require added pectin to produce thick, sweet jelly.

Dutch Apple Pie Recipe

This fall recipe has a crumbly topping (and we couldn't be happier).

More from:

Thanksgiving Ideas

Go Shopping

Get product recommendations from HGTV editors, plus can’t-miss sales and deals.


6am | 5c
7am | 6c
8am | 7c
9am | 8c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Zillow Gone Wild

8pm | 7c

Zillow Gone Wild

8:31pm | 7:31c

House Hunters

10pm | 9c

House Hunters

10:31pm | 9:31c

House Hunters

11pm | 10c

House Hunters

11:30pm | 10:30c

House Hunters

12am | 11c

House Hunters

1am | 12c

House Hunters

1:30am | 12:30c

Zillow Gone Wild

2:59am | 1:59c

Zillow Gone Wild

3:30am | 2:30c

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.