Grenadine | How to Drink

By Brian Lemay 100 comments

– This is How To Drink. The show about making cocktails
and how to drink them. I’m Greg and I have never
been a professional bartender, I’ve never even had job in a bar. I don’t worry too much about
precision and technique because at the end of the
day if the drink you like is in the glass, you did it right. Let’s get going. Today on How To Drink we’re
going to make some grenadine. You might be familiar with grenadine. It comes in a bottle at the store. It’s a red flavor and
you can put it on to icy. You can put it in to a Tequila Sunrise. You can float it on stuff. You can just like have
it on the back of fridge collecting gunk and not being drunk. But it’s not red flavor. Grenadine is a syrup made
from pomegranate juice and it is awesome when
it is made properly. There’s a lot of bad grenadine out there, I won’t name any names. You probably should make your own. I will say this, Small Hand Foods, I have bought their grenadine. It is very good, it’s phenomenal. But you can make your own too. And we’re going to make
our own grenadine today. It’s a really simple thing to do. You’re going to need some sugar, which you probably already have. You’re going to need orange flower water. That one’s a little different but you should get yourself some. You’re going to need it anyway. Uh, this one is pretty
special for just grenadine. I don’t know what else to do with it. You’re going to need pomegranate molasses. I know it’s used in some Middle
Eastern cooking, I think. But, I don’t know those recipes. And you’re going to
need pomegranate juice. Thing about pomegranates is
that juicing them is terrible. I hate juicing pomegranates. The seeds they fly everywhere
when you cut it open. And you put it in the juicer and they just want to spray
juice in every direction. I don’t know what it is
about that stuff but … it stains things. It turned my walls green. It oxidized and it turn
… splatter my walls green and I wasn’t really allowed
to juice pomegranates in the house anymore
because I got one of these. Got into some trouble that day. So what I found out is
that my supermarket sells fresh-squeezed pomegranate juice everyday. They juice it, they sell it. It’s honestly it’s, it’s
like the same price as buying a pomegranate and I
don’t have to juice it. It’s amazing. So, it’s like simple syrup. It’s going to be equal parts
pomegranate juice and sugar. In this case, I’m going to
use 1 1/2 cups of sugar. 1 1/2 cups of pomegranate juice. So they’re going to go right into the pot. For every ounce of liquid,
we want to add one ounce of pomegranate molasses. So we’re going to add an ounce and a half of pomegranate molasses. I’m going to measure
this out with my jigger just because it’s the
easiest way to do it. That’s one. You got a little extra so that’s okay. Right now you’re probably thinking, “What does pomegranate
molasses just taste like?” Let’s find out. (jazz music) It taste like pomegranate and sugar. It’s delicious. Our grenadine is starting to simmer and we’re just going
to give it a good stir. We’re going to add orange
flower water to this. You can do this to taste, right. It’s still bubbling. I shouldn’t pour it this
early but what the heck. It’s for TV, in it goes. Watch that bottle because
we don’t want it to overflow and I might have a bit too much. Nope, I think not. Pour it right. And there it is. A bottle of homemade grenadine. Uh, really simple. Sugar, pomegranate syrup,
orange flower water, pomegranate molasses. Thanks for watching this
is the show How To Drink. A show about making
cocktails and drinking them. I’m Greg, this is grenadine syrup and if you like the show,
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a new episode every Friday and sometimes even a little
more often than that. Except for when we don’t.


Benjamin Taylor

Jan 1, 2017, 4:09 pm Reply

Can we use the ever-clear trick so this keeps longer?


Jan 1, 2017, 5:00 pm Reply

I love your channel bro but I'm pretty sure this is Jeffrey Morgenthaler's recipe. You should give credit where credit is due.


Jan 1, 2017, 6:15 pm Reply

Greg you should do a reddit AMA


Jan 1, 2017, 3:42 am Reply

My wife and I watch literally every episode. It's a crime these vids don't have more views, but they'll get there! Awesome stuff, always.


Jan 1, 2017, 7:45 am Reply

Do you edit these while tipsy? 0:16

Adam Streisel

Jan 1, 2017, 4:13 pm Reply

How long does your homemade grenadine last for? or your simple/gomme syrup?

Luca Fülbier

Jan 1, 2017, 7:15 pm Reply

What is the shelf life of the grenadine?

Rock Lobster

Jan 1, 2017, 12:09 am Reply

you sir are the greatest

Mac Raw

Jan 1, 2017, 3:55 am Reply

Try replacing the orange water or simply adding vanilla extract to your grenadine, you won't be disappointed.

George Katehis

Jan 1, 2017, 12:32 am Reply

How long does this hold for?


Jan 1, 2017, 3:30 pm Reply

How to drink: Zombie. Infamous, many recipes, and well respected. Would really want to see you do it! Some tiki drinks would be cool.

UFlooze ULooze

Jan 1, 2017, 8:14 pm Reply

You said "for every ounce of liquid, we want an ounce of molasses" but you meant cup. I know it's too late now though 🙁

Matt Beach

Feb 2, 2017, 6:34 pm Reply

I like the vids where you show how to make syrups, but how do you keep them from spoiling? Add a bit of Everclear to sterilize? And where can you find the bottles and quick pour tops?

Pierre-Yves Boulet

Feb 2, 2017, 1:11 am Reply

Tried It, It's amazing. Did a one cup bottle and canned the rest in mason jars as if it was jam (sterilized and 10 min bowling treatment)

Tony Yang

Feb 2, 2017, 7:59 pm Reply

you should show everyone the Jack Rose.

Steve the Bartender

May 5, 2017, 2:29 pm Reply

Most store bought brands don't even compare to homemade! ???


Jul 7, 2017, 1:54 pm Reply

isn't pomegranate molasses just pomegranate sirup? Isn't that what you're making? So you have to add the ingredient, that you're trying to make, but already have, to make the ingredient you want?

Trevellyan Black

Oct 10, 2017, 5:57 pm Reply

After using the additive riddled red sugar syrup that poses as grenadine in the shops for years, just made this using the recipe and it’s awesome. Wasn’t sure I could get hold of grenadine molasses here in the UK, but found it in a Mediterranean supermarket about half a mile from my house.

Ivan Popov

Nov 11, 2017, 2:22 pm Reply

Sorry, but I stopped watching at "red flavor'.

Johnathan Cooper

Nov 11, 2017, 12:24 am Reply

Just found this channel today. I must say you are the man.


Nov 11, 2017, 11:03 pm Reply

Best comment ever…: I….got one of theeeeese* tip tip…! !:D

Donald B

Nov 11, 2017, 5:25 pm Reply

I think the molasses is unnecessary. I've made it without, and it was fine. I also use fresh lemon rather than orange blossom water. Just preference. They both add very little flavor. It's like he said in the beginning. It's basically pomegranate simple syrup. No need to over complicate it

Samantha Anne

Nov 11, 2017, 11:31 pm Reply

I wish I had found this when I was pregnant and drinking shitty Shirley temples.


Dec 12, 2017, 2:38 pm Reply

I put grenadine in corona.

King Bubbles

Dec 12, 2017, 9:39 pm Reply

Careful with the hot liquid, it will stick like glue and burn the shit out of you!

Dark Side Of The Menu

Dec 12, 2017, 7:28 pm Reply

I now know my childhood was wasted drinking Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers using that store brand stuff. Thanks for the recipe.


Dec 12, 2017, 11:18 pm Reply

What is the shelf life on this? Refrigerate?

Timothy Espinosa

Dec 12, 2017, 6:07 am Reply

This guy is fun


Jan 1, 2018, 3:55 am Reply

"There's a lot of bad grenadine out there" Like what 90% of the bars around here buy. I know far too many people who are convinced it's cherry flavoring even after I explain what grenade means.

Zach Z

Jan 1, 2018, 3:38 am Reply

Then add a teaspoon of vodka to it (and all your simple syrups) to increase shelf life.


Jan 1, 2018, 4:52 am Reply

Music please i love you


Jan 1, 2018, 10:13 am Reply

Is there a jazz band playing, like, right behind the camera?


Jan 1, 2018, 4:25 am Reply


Matt Thurber

Jan 1, 2018, 9:47 am Reply

If you can float grenadine, your a master

Kevin Park

Jan 1, 2018, 11:07 am Reply

You say you dont care about precisions but your precisions are on point tho with measurements! Wonderful recipes keep it up!


Jan 1, 2018, 11:50 am Reply

I think Monin is a decent brand for Grenadine and similar stuff like that. Unfortunately even that one can be hard to find in the Supermarket where I live. …doh….

Tms Slttn

Jan 1, 2018, 5:39 am Reply

You should be making a Roy Rogers McFreely

A Bench McCallister

Feb 2, 2018, 11:13 am Reply

Is Rose's grenadine any good?

Elias Bischoff

Feb 2, 2018, 11:13 am Reply

That green bottle next to the Campari. Is that Laphroaig scotch whisky. Because, just as a fun fact, that is actually my least favorite scotch. And ever since I bought that bottle, I see it everywhere it could be.

Skyy San Diego

Feb 2, 2018, 4:45 pm Reply

Go to hell

Kyle Scott

Feb 2, 2018, 5:21 am Reply

What brand of orange flower water and pomegranate molasses do you buy and where do you buy them? I have checked several markets where I live and they are nowhere to be found.

Joseph Baldwin

May 5, 2018, 4:05 pm Reply

Try using a food mill to juice a pomegranate


Aug 8, 2018, 3:04 pm Reply

thing to note. you can make your own pomegranate molasses by taking some of the pomegranate juice and just simmering it slowly until it reduces to a thick syrup about the consistency of honey

Francis Burns

Aug 8, 2018, 7:31 am Reply

Tequila Sunrise!


Sep 9, 2018, 7:23 pm Reply

holy jesus fuck that thing is like 80% straight up sugar


Oct 10, 2018, 7:13 pm Reply

I though it was cherry guess you learn something new every day

John Dillon

Nov 11, 2018, 2:30 pm Reply

With the leftover pomegranate syrup, you can use it in place of vinegar in just about any recipe. Salad dressing, pan sauces, etc. It may not be 1:1 so add to taste.

One Drop Mtg

Dec 12, 2018, 9:05 am Reply

I’ll admit to always having a bottle of roses on hand… for ice cream.

Kolin Martz

Dec 12, 2018, 2:07 am Reply

If you submerge pomegranates and remove the seeds underwater, they’ll just float to the surface without staining anything.

Alfonso Mural

Dec 12, 2018, 9:36 am Reply

Couldn't you just boil the seeds of the pomegranate because the skin is fragile

Michael Cook

Jan 1, 2019, 1:47 am Reply

Best drinking show I’ve found yet. Your personality is mint! Not to serious, but still being a teacher thanks man!

omar chowdhury

Jan 1, 2019, 3:19 am Reply

Damn bruh you didn't need to tell me that Rose's is basically just corn syrup 🙁

Lee Davey

Jan 1, 2019, 8:46 pm Reply

Do a video on a start out to making cocktails and what to have in the cabinet


Jan 1, 2019, 8:57 am Reply

I feel dirty, I always thought Grenadine was cherry


Jan 1, 2019, 10:56 pm Reply

How To Think

john quinn

Jan 1, 2019, 5:15 am Reply

How long does a bottle of this last? I'd assume less than the store bought one because there's no preservatives. I don't use it often but it would be nice to have some homemade stuff sitting around when I do.


Feb 2, 2019, 11:13 am Reply

Hiw long would that last?

joshua morena

Feb 2, 2019, 11:57 pm Reply

So basically just pomegranate flavored simple syrup. Awesome. Would be cool to have a variety of grenadine flavors by subbing out the juice used

Miles J.

Feb 2, 2019, 3:26 pm Reply

If its anything like simply syrup you can add a bit of vodka in when you pour it to add shelf life.

Kyo Kayne

Feb 2, 2019, 11:24 pm Reply


Big Tomo

Apr 4, 2019, 10:59 pm Reply

Wait…what .. ? Red is a flavour ?


Apr 4, 2019, 12:05 am Reply

Excellent recipe! Way better than the red stuff at the store.
My first batch only kept about 2-3 weeks unrefrigerated. This next batch is going in the frige

Etienne Doucet

Apr 4, 2019, 6:18 am Reply

Ever thought of using hibiscus flowers to make it more red? Figure you would and it's more of a personal colour preference.

Chris Tar

May 5, 2019, 5:42 pm Reply

Any guesses as to what "Brown Eyed Women and red grenadine" from the Grateful Dead's "Brown Eyed Women" means? Is it a drink?? They're also distilling whiskey in the song.

Nathan Parsons

May 5, 2019, 5:12 am Reply

You can make a wicked bbq sauce with pomegranate molasses that goes great on lamb.

Mark Brinkhurst

Jun 6, 2019, 10:54 am Reply

Hey guys does anybody know what the shelf life would be on this or any home made flavoured syrup?

jeremy gartee

Jun 6, 2019, 4:17 am Reply

Do you have an episode based on how to make all of your syrups


Jun 6, 2019, 1:17 pm Reply

does this recipe have a splash of everclear as a preservative like in orgeat or is that not needed?

Sabrina Kane

Jun 6, 2019, 1:58 am Reply

I feel like you had a speck of dust on your music cd on this one…

John Amidon

Jul 7, 2019, 12:22 am Reply

Sad-ish story: whilst in college, my buddy and I were talked/conned into trying grenadine syrup in Budweiser. Sickness ensued. Haven't been able to get anywhere near grenadine syrup since. Live & learn…..

Benjamin Franz

Jul 7, 2019, 1:05 am Reply

My grandma used Pomegranate molasses in the meat stuffing and sauce for her fried Kibbee (Bulghur wheat/ground lamb/ground bison dumplings). Never did share the recipe. Darnit…

Orion Pax

Jul 7, 2019, 4:31 am Reply

Would you recommend using Pom brand pomegranate juice, or something else if I can find it?


Jul 7, 2019, 9:14 pm Reply

wtf this has nothing to do with handheld explosives

CGB Spender

Jul 7, 2019, 3:38 pm Reply

Yeah you have to cut Pomegranate open under water. You just place them in a bowl and the spills are contained, the wax floats and the nettles sink to the bottom. After that juicing is easy.

Corvus Lividus

Jul 7, 2019, 2:22 am Reply

Nice recipe! Here in Russia it's quite difficult to get molasses, so I boiled and evaporated 200 ml of fresh juice to make it thicker, and instead of orange water, I put several orange peels while syrop boiling. Don't know if the taste is very different from that you got, but it's damn good.

Nick Combs

Jul 7, 2019, 11:27 pm Reply

I made this and you’re right. It’s much better than the red 40 corn syrup stuff (of course). Thanks.


Jul 7, 2019, 7:32 am Reply

This is two years old but this reminds me of the monster from Stranger Things

Kiyan Harchegani

Jul 7, 2019, 4:25 am Reply

Grew up with bottles and bottles of pomegranate syrup in our pantry. Used a lot in Persian cooking!

Talon ViperChef

Jul 7, 2019, 7:09 am Reply

like wat, look at the production value now (2019)!

Khaos Theory

Jul 7, 2019, 12:15 pm Reply

Before I try this, I'm interested in cooking times 😀 Like, do we bring this to a rolling boil and then bring it down to simmer for … how long? Do we just make it warm enough to bubble for a few minutes? Do we simmer to personal texture preference? Help?

Benjamin Azmon

Jul 7, 2019, 7:35 am Reply

Hey Greg, why the pomegranate molasses? Is it just flavor, a preservative, to stop crystallization, or maybe something else?

Also does this need to be refrigerated?

Thanks, love the show

Badass Uchiha

Aug 8, 2019, 2:19 am Reply

so if that's all it is I can make a Sherly Temple with Cherry 7 Up, Canada Dry & Pomegranate Juice lol why haven't I thought of this sooner


Oct 10, 2019, 6:15 pm Reply

Face is pretty red in this vid. hehehe


Nov 11, 2019, 12:12 am Reply

Greg, what brand is the Orange Flower Water?

inue windwalker

Nov 11, 2019, 7:48 am Reply

…. Where the crap do you live where you can get all these things…. Where I live you're only getting that gross vitamin water, that pom juice I think that coke makes, or if you wanna wait until November… You can get it fresh lol

Anthony Rossano

Nov 11, 2019, 11:42 pm Reply

Not here to be nit picky just get the right info. You said in this 1oz of pomegranate molasses for every oz of liquid 1.5oz of pomegranate molasses. There's 8 oz in a cup though. Did you mean 1 oz for every cup and 1/2oz for every 1/2cup?……
Made it. It's a 1oz for each cup
Btw make your own pomegranate molasses with Alton Brown's pomegranate molasses recipe soooo worth it

Jacob King

Nov 11, 2019, 11:07 pm Reply

You said "for every ounce of liquid, we want to add an ounce of pomegranate molasses" but then you added 1.5oz molasses to 1.5 Cups of juice. Did you mean for every cup of liquid add 1oz molasses?


Dec 12, 2019, 12:38 pm Reply

How to drink grenadine? Straight from the can.

Barbara Pugh

Dec 12, 2019, 10:13 pm Reply

Pomegranate molasses makes really lovely salad dressing ( particularly if it's bitter leaves like chicory x)


Dec 12, 2019, 5:26 am Reply

pomegranate molasses is pomegranate juice cooked into syrup using low heat
just buy a bottle of juice and put it in a crock pot on low (with the lid off)
I use it all the time in cooking and had to start making it because I couldn't find it after I moved

paddy metz

Dec 12, 2019, 10:16 pm Reply

" its grenadine, for my ICE CREAM TREATS!"-the ice cream man


Dec 12, 2019, 1:49 am Reply

I misread this as “Grenade” and was thinking about how sick of a drunk it must be to be named “grenade”


Dec 12, 2019, 8:33 am Reply

I tried this recipe with fresh squeeze juice, the flavor was good but it wasn't RED… one the next batch I used "POM Wonderful" juice (from concentrate) and it came out PERFECT!!


Dec 12, 2019, 8:48 pm Reply

Just use cheese cloth for juicing pomegranate


Dec 12, 2019, 6:36 am Reply

How long does this last if I was to make a whole bottle? Or does it not go off?

Kevin Swartz

Dec 12, 2019, 1:29 pm Reply

"Got in trouble that day….." lol


Dec 12, 2019, 3:40 am Reply

Can we replace the Pomegranete with Redcurrant???

Sama Gaara

Dec 12, 2019, 2:16 am Reply

What Grenadine should I avoid?


Dec 12, 2019, 9:00 pm Reply

The trick to juicing pomegranates is first you cut them into quarters and you remove the seeds under water! Put it in a 12 qt pot and do it all under water. Then strain it to get the seeds out and put them in a blender. Strain that through a fine mesh strainer and bam, easy pomegranate juice!

KnightGalavant The Good

Dec 12, 2019, 5:02 am Reply

It’s grenadine! For my ice cream treats!

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