After 9 months of pregnancy, I needed to mix up my beverages a little. Not that I’m that person who can’t have a good time without a drink, but sometimes plain old water gets a little boring! Being that I’m pregnant though, I didn’t want to gulp down loads of red dye…so I decided to check out some DIY recipes for grenadine. There is a DIY recipe for everything out there these days. Especially when more and more people want to know exactly what goes into their food and into their bodies.
You can use this grenadine in any way that you would use the store bought variety. I made some Shirley Temples for myself with both Sprite and gingerale. Also made some Burley Temples for the Husband. He loved them!
I received these ice ball makers from Arctic Chill to try out. They’re perfect for cocktails because they won’t water down the beverage as quickly, and dilute the taste of your ingredients. They’re also fun for parties! It’s a silicon mold, so the ice is pretty easy to remove. Just run a little hot water over them before opening. My husband, who is a whiskey drinker, especially likes them. Since the ice balls are so large, they take a very long time to melt, and don’t dilute the flavor of the whiskey!
DIY Grenadine, adapted from Serious Eats
- 2 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 4 tablespoons (2 fluid ounces) pomegranate molasses
- 2 teaspoons rosewater
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.
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.
*I received complimentary ice molds from Arctic Chill to test. I did not receive any compensation for this post. Opinions expressed here are my own.