In my ongoing quest to make delicious alcoholic beverages, I have increasingly found myself digging into my ingredients. Syrups, as a class of ingredient, have received a decent amount of my attention. As an aside, if you're buying simple syrup, you are doing a lot of things wrong. In my experience, it is decidedly tricky to find decent grenadine, where decent is defined as being made with real pomegranate and without high fructose corn syrup or food coloring. So, I've started to make my own:
A pomegranate syrup that adds a sweet tartness to drinks and a distinctive red color. Noteable in small quantities in a great many drinks and also as the second ingredient in a Shirley Temple, a drink the actress was apparently never fond of.
- 1 cup fresh Pomegranate Juice (~2 large pomegranates)
- 1 oz Pomegranate Molasses
- 1 1/2 cup White Sugar
- 1/16 tsp Xanthan Gum (optional)
- 1/2 tsp Orange Blossom Water
- 1 oz over-proof grain neutral spirit (Everclear or vodka)