There's nothing like homemade grenadine syrup made with fresh pomegranate. Make Shirley Temples with this grenadine syrup and taste the difference for yourself.
My daughters love a Shirley Temple. Heck, I still love a Shirley Temple, too. So when I stumbled upon a recipe for homemade grenadine syrup on Chowhound, I knew I had to try making it for myself.
What could be better than a Shirley Temple made with homemade grenadine syrup? Well, for the adults, maybe a Shirley Temple Black, the grown-up, cocktail version of a Shirley Temple.
The Chowhound recipe started with unsweetened pomegranate juice, but I wanted to do the whole thing from scratch, and that meant juicing my own pomegranates
How to Get the Seeds out of Pomegranates:
- It's easiest to get the pips out of the pomegranate by dislodging them underwater. The pips sink to the bottom, and the rest of the stuff you don't want floats to the top.
- See the stuff that floats? I just skimmed the flotsam off the top of the water, and strained the pips and water with a colander.
- 3 pomegranates, juiced (yields about 1 1/3 cups pomegranate juice
- 1 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon Orange Blossom Water
To juice the pomegranates, place the pips in a blender, and blend away.
You'll quickly end up with a frothy pink mixture like you see above.
Strain the pomegranate pip slurry through a fine-mesh strainer--or even cheesecloth or a paper towel, if the holes in your strainer are a little bit too big for your liking. You'll end up with a beautiful ruby red juice.
Combine the pomegranate juice and the sugar in a small saucepan, and cook over medium heat for about five minutes, until the sugar is completely dissolved. I had a bit of foam on the top of my syrup, so I just used a spoon to skim it off and throw it away.
Remove the syrup from the heat, and stir in the orange blossom water and the lemon juice. I don't think the orange blossom water is strictly necessary, but it does smell absolutely amazing, and adds fabulous, subtle dimension to the grenadine. The heavy perfume of citrus trees when they blossom is one of my very favorite things about living in the Phoenix area. Trust me, you want this stuff.
Let the syrup cool, and bottle it up. Look how pretty it is when the sun shines through the syrup! I love that color.
How to Store Homemade Grenadine
- Store homemade grenadine in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
- I like to put my grenadine syrup in a swing top bottle.
How Long Does Homemade Grenadine Syrup Last?
- Your homemade grenadine syrup should last two or three weeks in the fridge. It won't last as long as commercial grenadine syrup, because it doesn't have any preservatives.
- If you want your grenadine syrup to last longer, dissolve a teaspoon of commercial strawberry jelly (it's full of preservatives, a little goes a long way!) in the grenadine syrup when you're heating it on the stovetop.