I have always thought of grenadine as one of those cocktail ingredients that you have to buy, but you can actually make your own, better tasting version of the popular cocktail syrup at home with just two ingredients.
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Modern, mass-produced grenadine is mostly corn syrup and food colouring, but grenadine originally got its fruity flavour from pomegranates. (In fact, the name for the syrup originated from the French word grenade, which means “pomegranate.”) To make your own at home, all you need is unsweetened pomegranate juice and sugar. Combine equal amounts of each in a pot, bring to a boil, and cook until the sugar just dissolves. Cool, and store in the fridge for up to a month. Add it to Singapore Slings, punches, mimosas, or Shirley Temples (if you’re abstaining).