At the beginning of the year, I made a little promise to myself to try and make more of the things in my fridge and pantry from scratch. Lots of times, we get into the habit of buying condiments, spreads, jams, and other staples from the store because it’s easy but many times, it is less expensive and healthier to make your own.
Grenadine is a thick red syrup that is used to flavor cocktails. When you purchase it from the store, grenadine is basically high fructose corn syrup with red food coloring. Yum? Uh no. My version is equal parts pomegranate juice and sugar — still high in sugar, but far and away more natural then the store bought version. One batch takes about 10 minutes and will keep in the fridge for six months: an easy start to keeping my ‘make from scratch’ promise.
Homemade Grenadine (adapted from Canadian Living Magazine)
Makes about 1 cup
1 cup pomegranate juice
1 cup granulated sugar
In a small saucepan, combine both ingredients. Allow mixture to boil for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Allow to cool. Store in a covered container in the fridge for up to six months. Enjoy.