Just a spoonful of this sweet, tart, ruby-red syrup transforms a regular drink into a restaurant-style fancy beverage.
In small saucepan, combine sugar, pomegranate juice, and crushed allspice berries. Heat mixture over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until sugar has dissolved, about 5 minutes. Do not let it boil.
Use Grenadine to make these three fancy beverages: a Shirley Temple (named for a famous child actress in the 1930s), a Roy Rogers (named after a famous singer and actor in Western movies and TV shows), and an Ombré Cooler (ombré means having colors that fade into each other—like the red and orange in this drink).
The word grenadine (“gren-ah-DEEN”) comes from the French word for pomegranate, which is grenade (don’t worry—these fruits are not explosive). Grenadine is traditionally made from sweet-tart pomegranate juice, sugar, and sometimes flavorings such as allspice berries or rose water.
However, when you see bottles of grenadine at the store, most of them don’t contain any pomegranate at all! They’re often made from a mixture of high‑fructose corn syrup and natural and artificial colors and flavors—and they don’t taste much like the real thing. Good thing it’s easy to make this version (with real pomegranate juice) at home!