Tequila Sunrise

A popular recipe with grenadine: the Tequila Sunrise cocktail. The recipe is below. Photo courtesy Pom Wonderful.




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June 2011
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Grenadine Recipes

Make Grenadine Syrup & Recipes With Grenadine


CAPSULE REPORT: What is grenadine? It should be pomegranate syrup, but large brands can be simply artificially colored and flavored high fructose corn syrup. It’s easy to make grenadine, and


Grenadine Recipe

Share the wealth: Make enough grenadine to give as gifts to lucky friends and family members whose palates will appreciate it. You can package it in this type of bottle, with a handcrafted label.


  • 1 large bottle (32 ounces) 100% pomegranate juice (not juice cocktail)*
  • 2 cups of sugar (substitute 1 cup agave to make a low glycemic grenadine)
  • Optional: 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar (as a preservative)

*See reviews of our favorite pomegranate juice brands.


  1. Combine ingredients in a large pot and, then simmer (not boil) for 15-20 minutes to reduce by half to a syrup.
  2. Remove from heat, cool and bottle. Keep refrigerated.
  3. You can freeze any extra syrup.



Tequila Sunrise Cocktail Recipe


Ingredients For One Drink

  • 2 ounces tequila
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 1 ounce grenadine
  • 3 or 4 ice cubes
  • Optional garnish: Orange wheel or wedge
  • Optional: drinking straw


  1. Pour tequila into a highball glass over ice. Top with orange juice and stir.
  2. Tilt the glass and pour grenadine down the side. The heavier grenadine should go to the bottom and then rise up slowly through the glass, creating the “sunrise” effect.
  3. Garnish and serve immediately.


Beverage Uses For Grenadine

  • Tequila Sunrise (recipe below) and many other cocktails
  • Shirley Temple (ginger ale and grenadine) or a Roy Rogers (cola and grenadine)
  • Grenadine, a soft drink made from grenadine and ice water
  • Pink lemonade (our favorite use of grenadine!)
  • Virgin “fruit cocktail” (for example, 1 part grenadine to 8 ounces juice—half pineapple and half orange)
  • As a sweetener for tea, hot or iced
  • Added to mixers: ginger ale, tonic water, soda water

Non-Drink Uses For Grenadine

  • As a glaze on chicken, duck, fish, lamb or pork
  • As a substitute for honey or sugar in savory recipes and sauces
  • In a granita or sorbet, or as a sorbet topping
  • As a snow cone topping (shave ice, pour grenadine over it)
  • As the syrup in a parfait
  • As a pancake syrup (including potato pancakes)
  • As a general dessert topping (use it to make dots around a piece of cheesecake
    or over custard, for example


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