Grenadine is a commonly used bar syrup, characterized by a flavor that is both tart and sweet, and a deep red color. It is popular as an ingredient in cocktails, both for its flavor and to give a reddish/pink tint to mixed drinks.

Etymology and origin

The name grenadine originated from the French word grenade which means pomegranate, with pomme meaning apple and granate derived from the Italian word for seeds. Grenadine was originally prepared from pomegranate juice, sugar, and water.

Modern and commercial variants

As grenadine is subject to minimal regulation, its basic flavor profile can alternatively be obtained from a mixture of blackcurrant juice and other fruit juices with the blackcurrant flavor dominating. To reduce production costs however, the food industry has widely replaced fruit bases with artificial ingredients. The Mott's brand "Rose's", by far the most common grenadine brand in the United States, is presently formulated using (in order of concentration): high fructose corn syrup, water, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, FD&C Red #40, natural and artificial flavors.

Use in bar mixology

Grenadine is commonly used to mix both modern and classic cocktails, such as the Tequila Sunrise or original (1920s) Sea Breeze.

Grenadine is also a popular ingredient in many non-alcoholic drinks, such as the Roy Rogers, pink lemonade, and Shirley Temple cocktails, or simply by mixing the syrup with cold water in a glass or pitcher, sometimes with ice.

Pomegranate syrup found in most Middle Eastern groceries is made with pomegranate concentrate and sugar, and serves as an authentic grenadine.

In popular culture

The 1971 song "Brown-Eyed Woman" written by Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia and performed by the Grateful Dead contains the lyrics: Brown-eyed women and red grenadine/the bottle was dusty but the liquor was clean.

Grenadine was also mentioned in the song "Belair" by Lana del Rey.


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