For me, grenadine has always been the red sugary syrup that comes in a bottle and is made of high fructose corn syrup with Red40 food dye. At least that's what I thought it was until I found out that the real stuff actually comes from pomegranates. Now you can buy pomegranate grenadine syrup in fancy food stores, but at $10 a bottle, it was a little beyond my budget. So I decided to make it at home.
It's as simple as mixing pomegranate juice and sugar together. You could also make this with fresh pomegranate seeds, sugar, and water, but I think digging all those seeds out is way too much work. This grenadine was great in tequila sunrises or added to champagne. You could also add it to seltzer for a non-alcoholic drink.
Note: This recipe made much more that what is shown in the photo above, but we had so much fun sampling it (see photo below) that there was quite a bit missing by the time I got to take a photo. :)
Homemade Pomegranate Grenadine Syrup
1 cup pomegranate juice (such as POM)
1 cup granulated sugar
In a small saucepan, heat the pomegranate juice and sugar together over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Transfer to an air-tight container and refrigerate.
Source: A Much Kneaded original