Homemade grenadine. Why bother? Surely there's tons of ingredients, its a huge hassle, and who wants to mess with juicing cherries? Here's the thing. Grenadine syrup is NOT cherry syrup. So you can cut that complaint out, no cherries involved. Tons of ingredients? Nope, two. That's it. Huge hassle? Takes about ten minutes total, mostly of just stirring a pot. Simple. Why bother? Because its so good! Trust me, try it, you'll thank me later. :)
Grenadine Syrup, from Kitchen Riffs
equal parts of
Pom pomegranate juice
Combine and heat over medium heat until sugar melts and mixture becomes a bit thicker and syrupy. DO NOT LET IT BOIL. Boiling changes it's flavor and while its still useable, it doesn't taste quite as good. How long you heat it depends on what you want. Thick syrup? Keep stirring and heating till its the consistency desired. Thin syrup? Pull off the burner almost immediately after sugar is fully dissolved. Store in a tightly sealed jar in the refrigerator. Keeps for a month, if it lasts that long. Enjoy!
You can also make grenadine by mixing these ingredients in an airtight jar and shaking until the sugar is dissolved. This is the method I've switched to, as the flavor is somewhat brighter.