Monday, February 28, 2011

Homemade Grenadine

Recently, Sarah and I have gotten on a cocktail kick. It all started with my new and lovely martini glasses from CB2, and we soon recognized the fun in picking out a drink to complement the rest of a meal. My drink of choice was usually red wine (and let me tell you that I am thrilled that box wines have come into vogue. I'm looking at you, Bota Box!) but if I strayed from my beloved Shiraz, I was usually playing it safe with a dirty martini. Now it's time to experiment a bit.


Not long ago, I picked out a recipe for a tasty-sounding drink that called for grenadine, traditionally a pomegranate syrup. When I picked up a bottle at my liquor store, I was unpleasantly surprised to discover that the ingredients consisted almost entirely of high fructose corn syrup and artificial food coloring. There was no mention of pomegranate, any other fruit, or anything you'd really want to ingest. A quick internet search led me to a recipe for grenadine on thekitchn.com, and it just couldn't be easier:

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Homemade Grenadine
  • 1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice (I used Pom... just make sure it is 100% pomegranate juice)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
Simmer and stir for about 15-20 minutes. Let cool to room temperature. That should make enough for about 8 drinks (and it halves or doubles easily, if needed). 

About Two Tarts

We're two friends who love to cook. This blog is about our experiences and adventures in cooking  things we'd normally buy off the shelf at a grocery store: mayonnaise, truffle salt, grenadine syrup, almond paste, lemon curd, herbed vinegar, vanilla extract, hot sauce, and more.

We love to experiment to see what we can make in our own kitchens with a little research and ingenuity. There will likely be many disasters along the way, but a successful final product is so exciting and satisfying: it's much better tasting, and less expensive, than its grocery store counterpart. And we know exactly what went into making it so we're avoiding overpriced packaged foods with scary ingredient lists. (Yellow No. 5? No, thank you.)

There will be plenty of pretty photos, recipes that use our newly minted ingredients, and more. We also like to throw dinner parties, so maybe we'll tell you about those too. If we don't drink too much wine to remember how to set up our cameras, that is.

Dulcie is an east-coaster married to a west-coaster who has ended up living in the mountains of Colorado.  She loves stripes, horses, design, music, and The Wire.
Sarah came to Colorado by way of Seattle (she missed the sun). She loves animals of all sorts, farm stuff, books, coffee, daydreaming about living in southern France, wine, and bicycle touring. 
Oh, and we've got a couple of spunky toddlers in the mix so we're also always on the lookout for things that work with the kids... those fickle beasts!
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