October 15th, 2007

Dexter & Stagg
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Grenadine, or "what's that red stuff in a bottle?"

 I will try not to make fun Sean for drinking strawberry-kiwi propel . . . especially while having a cigar, but seriously . . . 

Anyway, back to the matter at hand.  Grenadine.  I know everyone has seen or had grenadine in a drink.   The first, and probably only, experience with grenadine has come in the form of Rose's.  Rose's grenadine is the bright red, high-fructose corn syrup based liquid that tastes sweet, but not much else.  If you are looking to add a little color and sweetness to a cocktail, Rose's grenadine works . . . but really, what else does it bring to the table?

First, grenadine is not cherry!  Grenadine is classically/traditionally pomegranate syrup.  The cherry flavor most people associate with grenadine comes from the cheap artifical flavorings in the mass-produced stuff.  If you really want to take your drinks to a new level of taste and sophistication, and those drinks call for grenadine, I highly suggest you try real grenadine!

"But Marshall," you might implore, "where do I get real grenadine and how much does it cost?"  

Well my friends, I am here to tell you that you can make your own home-made grenadine for around $5.  And here's how:

Buy a bottle of 100% pomegranate juice (Pom Wonderful is excellant).  In an airtight container, add 1 cup of the juice and one cup sugar.  Shake the hell out of it until the sugar is dissolved.  Add another tablespoon of sugar and shake until dissolved.  Then add a tablespoon or two of a high proof vodka.  This provides shelf-stability, making your grenadine last longer.

Notice how dark the grenadine is???  That's because is is real juice and not a bunch of Krusty Brand Chemicals . . . 

One of my favorite drinks that uses grenadine is the Jack Rose.  Said to be a favorite of Cary Grant, the Jack Rose is a mix of Applejack, fresh lemon juice and grenadine.  Because it is a spirit, sweet and sour, technically this is a sour drink along the lines of a Whisky Sour, Pisco Sour, Rum Sour, etc., etc.

Jack Rose
1.5 oz Laird's Applejack (or Calvados for you fancy pants)
0.5 oz fresh lemon or lime juice
0.5 oz Grenadine
Shake all with ice and strain into a chilled old fashioned glass.