Jeffrey Morgenthaler's DIY Grenadine

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Author Notes: A wholesome, 4-ingredient DIY grenadine for better drinks at home -- plus a gutsy technique for juicing a pomegranate without seeding first. (Wear an apron -- or wear black -- to be safe from stains, but this juicing technique is surprisingly contained.) Stir it into sparkling water (along with a splash of lemon and lime juice for a DIY Shirley Temple), pour it over ice cream and yogurt and cake, explore your bar. This recipe halves well. Adapted slightly from mixologist and blogger Jeffrey Morgenthaler.Genius Recipes

Makes about 1 quart

  • 2 cups fresh pomegranate juice (two to four large pomegranates) or 100% pomegranate juice like POM Wonderful
  • 2 cups unbleached sugar
  • 2 fluid ounces (1/4 cup) pomegranate molasses
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water
  1. If you are using fresh pomegranates, slice them in half and press the juice out using a citrus juicer. Strain juice, crushing any unbroken arils with the back of a spoon. Alternately, you can seed the pomegranate, then blend the seeds in your blender and strain out the juice.
  2. Heat the pomegranate juice over low heat, just enough to melt the sugar (well below the level of a boil). Stir in the sugar until the mixture is clear and the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Stir in the pomegranate molasses and orange blossom water and stir until dissolved.
  4. Allow the mixture to cool and transfer to a bottle for storing in the refrigerator. If you won't be using within about a month, you can optionally add an ounce of vodka, or freeze the syrup.

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over 1 year ago JoyceLee

Where do you find pomegranate molasses??


over 1 year ago HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

@JoyceLee, you can get it at any Middle Eastern grocery store. You can also try Health food stores, Whole Foods, William Sonoma, Sur La Table, and of course, online.


over 1 year ago L Kaylor

This is quite delicious, I'm tempted to mix a cocktail on a Monday afternoon! Used a couple of drops of BoyaJian Orange oil dissolved in the water. And made it low cal with a healthy sugar alternative. Doubled my batch using a large bottle of Pom. Enough to share with my soon to be happy friends.


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over 1 year ago gg

Where do you get orange blossom water?


over 1 year ago CarlaCooks

I can always find it at my local Middle Eastern stores. A well-stocked grocery store with a decent international section might also have it.


over 1 year ago tastysweet

I get the fresh pomegranate seeds from Trader Joe's. It is in their produce section in small plastic containers. I buy two(2) of them and freeze immediately into a Baggie. Layout flat in freezer. Then use however you wish, like this recipe.


over 1 year ago jbban

Excited to try this! Is that 2 fluid ounces, or just ounces?


over 1 year ago Kristen Miglore

Kristen is the Executive Editor of Food52

2 fluid ounces -- just updated the recipe to be clearer!


over 1 year ago jbban