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Punch Up Your Beverages with This Simple How-To for Making Fruit Syrups

Grenadine is a popular ingredient in everything from Shirley Temples to Tequila Sunrises and flavored soda water. In fact, the pomegranate-based syrup is so common, you might have a bottle of it in your refrigerator right now.

Given the popularity of grenadine syrup, we were excited to learn that you can make a grenadine-like syrup with just about any fruit juice – especially those that may have been bought in error, are too sweet to be consumed on their own, or were purchased for one specific recipe, and are now at risk of going to waste in the back of your fridge.

If you want to simply recreate your favorite mass-manufactured grenadine, you can combine pomegranate juice with an equal amount of sugar. But, why limit yourself to just pomegranate flavors, when It's so easy to create custom syrups with other fruit juices? Cherry, cranberry, and strawberry juices are natural candidates for grenadine substitutes, and if you’d like to try a new flavor altogether, peach, grape, and apple flavors could be fun to explore, too.

To make your very own grenadine-like syrup, you will need:

• 1 cup fruit juice
• 1 cup sugar

Simply combine equal parts juice and sugar in a saucepan and heat over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. If your juice is tart (like unsweetened cranberry juice), or if you’d like a thicker syrup, you can double the sugar. Too sticky? Add a little bit of water until you reach your desired consistency.

When your syrup is where you’d like it, let it cool, then pour your mix into a bottle. Store your syrup in the fridge, where it will keep for at least a month. When you’re ready to use it, add the syrup to cocktails, soda water, or anything that needs a touch of fruity flavor.

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