Pomegranate Syrup: Grenadine made from Pomegranate Juice
Pomegranate syrup or pomegranate grenadine syrup is a type of syrup which is sweet and red. It is normally added to cocktails and drinks to add flavor and make the color of the drinks more attractive. It is different from pomegranate molasses, which is a reduction of pomegranate juice.
Pomegranate syrup can be made easily and quickly. What you need basically is just one cup of sugar and pomegranate juice each. Simply pour both ingredients in a saucepan and cook under medium heat while stirring constantly to dissolve all the sugar. The whole cooking process is just about fifteen minutes.
You can also make pomegranate syrup from fresh pomegranate seeds. Firstly, put the pomegranate seeds in a saucepan and cover them with boiling water. Simmer them for about 5 minutes while stirring constantly to release the pomegranate juice from the sacs. Then, strain the mixture into a bowl and discard the seeds. Pour the strained pomegranate juice back into the saucepan and add in the same amount of sugar. For example, if you have 2 cups of juice, then add in 2 cups of sugar. Then, boil up the mixture and simmer under low heat for 15 minutes. The pomegranate syrup is now ready. However, it is recommended that you leave it to cool to room temperature before using.
The color of homemade pomegranate syrup is less intense as compared to the commercially made syrups. This is because commercial syrups will usually have added artificial coloring to enhance the color of the products. Also, homemade pomegranate syrup is less sweet and you may need to add more when used in a recipe to have the same sweetness.