Grenadine is a non-alcoholic syrup most often used in bars as an ingredient in various cocktails both for its tart and sweet flavor characteristics, but also for its deep red color that gives mixed drinks red or pink tints. Contrary to popular opinion, grenadine is not cherry syrup. Authentic grenadine contains pomegranate juice, sugar, and water. Manufacturers, subject to minimal regulation, have largely replaced fruit bases with various artificial ingredients. As a result, grenadine is almost always considerably better made from scratch, a process that is also quick, simple, and often cheaper.
The Mott’s brand “Rose’s” is the dominant brand of grenadine sold in the United States. Grenadine is used is the classic cocktail the Tequilla Sunrise and also found in the non-alcoholic, but beloved Shirley Temple.
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