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

Etymology and origin

The name grenadine originates 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.[1]

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.[2]

To reduce production costs, manufacturers have widely replaced fruit bases with artificial ingredients. The Mott's brand "Rose's" is by far the most common brand of grenadine sold in the United States,[3] and is formulated from (in order of concentration): high fructose corn syrup, water, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, FD&C Red #40, natural and artificial flavors and FD&C Blue #1.[4] In Australia, grenadine has been replaced with raspberry cordial in most bars, clubs, and taverns.

Use in cocktails

Grenadine is commonly used to mix both modern and classic cocktails, such as the Tequila Sunrise, original (1920s) or La Tomate (pastis with grenadine).

Grenadine is also a popular ingredient in some 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 jug, sometimes with ice.

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

See also


  1. Dictionnaire Universel de Cuisine Practique : Encyclopédie Illustrée D'Hygiène Alimentaire, Joseph Favre, Paris, 1905, pp. 1088.
  2. Food and Drug Administration (1980-01-10). "Sec. 550.400 Grenadine". CPG 7110.11. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  3. "Media Release: Cadbury Schweppes to Acquire Snapple Beverage Group for an Enterprise Value of $1,450 Million". Cadbury Schweppes. 2000-09-18. Archived from the original on 2004-06-12. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  4. Wegmans - Rose's Grenadine Ingredients Archived 2010-11-06 at the Wayback Machine
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