grapefruit and homemade grenadine cocktail

IMG_6482I’ve liked grenadine, even when it is toxically red, made from mostly corn syrup, and only used to add some punchy color to drinks. You didn’t even have to try hard to convince me on it – I was all in.

Until I met the OG grenadine. It’s like normal grenadine – but actually good. I know – I know, hard to believe. Plus, it’s easy as pie. Pomegranate juice, heated with sugar and stirred until slightly thick, plus a squeeze of a lemon. Too easy to do anything else ever again.

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I promise, you will be converted. Side note: your friends will be mighty impressed. You’re the ruler of cocktail land, as far as they’re concerned.

Add freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and a generous hit of vodka and we’re seriously in summer business! Dangerously drinkable.

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grapefruit and grenadine cocktail:
2 ounces vodka (be classy with the choice here, but realistically, you won’t taste it that much)
Juice from ½ a grapefruit
1 Tbs grenadine (recipe follows)

Fill glass with ice. Pour vodka over ice, and top with grapefruit juice. Pour the grenadine over a spoon to funnel it right to the bottom. Or, drizzle all over. Dealer’s choice.

homemade grenadine
recipe adapted from joy the baker

1 cup pomegranate juice (make sure to get the unsweetened kind!)
¼ cup granulated sugar
Juice of ½ lemon

Combine pomegranate juice and sugar in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook until it gets a little bit thick, which probably takes around ten minutes. Take your mixture off the heat, add lemon juice, and cool. Keep in the refrigerator.