Ever wonder where grenadine syrup really comes from? Pomegranates. Who knew? I didn't until I started doing some research.
Making real grenadine syrup is ridiculously easy. Here's how -- heat 1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice in a small pot. Once it's about to boil, remove the pot from the heat source and stir in 3/4 cup of sugar until it dissolves. Stir occasionally as the mixture comes to room temperature (you should wait for at least one hour). Use the syrup immediately or refrigerate it. This combination will yield about 10 ounces of syrup.
Most recipes call for an equal ratio of unsweetened pomegranate juice to sugar. I thought that would be too sweet, so I used the same ratio as I did for my super simple syrup. Some recipes add a dash of lemon juice or orange blossom water. I opted for simplicity. You'll see that beautiful ruby red color and taste that mix of tart and sweet. Now stop reading and start making real grenadine for your cocktails!