Bring on the Pomegranates!

Staying with the cocktail theme, a futile search in his area for real grenadine syrup—as recommended for recipes in the excellent Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktailshas prompted brother Dave to try making his own.  Turns out this is not such a difficult thing to do. Timely, too, since the pomegranates at the base of this mixer are abundant in markets right now. Here’s one Grenadine recipe, and a couple ideas for how to use it up.



The Scofflaw* (from Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails)

1 1/2 ounces rye

1 ounce dry vermouth

3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

3/4 ounce real pomegranate grenadine

Shake in an iced cocktail shaker and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

*Scofflaw: a frequenter of speakeasies and general flouter of the National Prohibition Act, a term coined in 1924.


The Monkey Gland (from Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails)

1 1/2 ounce gin

1 1/2 ounce orange juice (fresh squeezed makes it unimaginably good*)

1 teaspoon real pomegranate grenadine

1 teaspoon absinthe or pastis (Pernod, Herbsaint and Ricard all work.)

Shake vigorously in an iced cocktail shaker and strain into a small cocktail glass.

*So says the book’s author.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. David Sharek says:

    I just finished making a batch, using only 1 pomegranate. I must say, the difference between this and the store brand grenadine is striking. The store brand (Master of Mixes brand) tastes like pure sugar compared to the home made which has a much fruitier taste with some of the aftertaste that pomegranate always seems to leave. The color is a muddy red color instead of the electric red of the store brand. I wasn’t sure of how long this will last in the refrigerator so I added an ounce of vodka to help kill off any spoilage. Not bad for a first try. I need to learn how to select the ripest pomegranates. Adding spices might help, any suggestions (cloves, cinnamon, etc.) ?

  2. Rebecca says:

    Your store brand tastes like sugar becuase it’s basically just sugar and food coloring. The Stirrings brand, whichlabels itself real pomegranate grenadine, that I used for the Scofflaw pictured is also a more ruddy color red and doesn’t color the drink much, but the taste comes through. Adding spices might be nice, but could alter the taste of a drink, for good or bad.

  3. Molly says:

    A friend just passed me this recipe for homemade bitters that sounds scrumptious as well.

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