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A glass of grenadine
A glass and bottle of commercially available grenadine

Grenadine /ˈɡrɛnədn/ is a commonly used, non-alcoholic bar syrup, characterized by a flavor that is both tart and sweet, and by a deep red color. It is popular as an ingredient in cocktails, both for its flavor and to give a reddish or pink tint to mixed drinks.

Etymology and origin[edit]

The name "grenadine" originates from the French word grenade which means pomegranate, from Latin grānātum "seeded". Grenadine was originally prepared from pomegranate juice, sugar, and water.[1] It is not related to the Grenadines archipelago, which take their name from Grenada, which is named for Granada, Spain.[2][3]

Modern and commercial variants[edit]

As grenadine is subject to minimal regulation, its basic flavor profile can alternatively be obtained from a mixture of blackcurrant juice and other fruit juices with the blackcurrant flavor dominating.[4]

To reduce production costs, manufacturers have widely replaced fruit bases with artificial ingredients. The Mott's brand "Rose's" is by far the most common brand of grenadine sold in the United States,[5] and is formulated from (in order of concentration): high fructose corn syrup, water, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, FD&C Red #40, natural and artificial flavors and FD&C Blue #1.[6]

Use in cocktails[edit]

Grenadine is commonly used to mix both modern and classic cocktails, such as the Tequila Sunrise, original (1920s) or La Tomate (fr) (pastis with grenadine). In North America, a mix of grenadine and beer is commonly known as the Queen Mary.[7][8]

Grenadine is also a popular ingredient in some non-alcoholic drinks, such as the Roy Rogers, pink lemonade, and Shirley Temple cocktails, or simply by mixing the syrup with cold water in a glass or jug, sometimes with ice.

Pomegranate syrup found in most Middle Eastern groceries is made with pomegranate concentrate and sugar, and serves as an authentic grenadine.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dictionnaire Universel de Cuisine Practique : Encyclopédie Illustrée D'Hygiène Alimentaire, Joseph Favre, Paris, 1905, pp. 1088.
  2. ^ "Fodor's Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the Grenadines & Grenada". Fodor's Travel. December 28, 2010 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Centre, UNESCO World Heritage. "Grenadines Island Group (Grenada)". UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
  4. ^ Food and Drug Administration (1980-01-10). "Sec. 550.400 Grenadine". CPG 7110.11. Retrieved 2009-08-23.
  5. ^ "Media Release: Cadbury Schweppes to Acquire Snapple Beverage Group for an Enterprise Value of $1,450 Million". Cadbury Schweppes. 2000-09-18. Archived from the original on 2004-06-12. Retrieved 2008-07-05.
  6. ^ "Wegmans - Rose's Grenadine Ingredients". Archived from the original on November 6, 2010.
  7. ^ Thomas, Chris (2013). Off-Premise Catering Management. Hoboken, New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons Inc. p. 115.
  8. ^ "Grenadine Syrup Glossary". Tarladadal. February 10, 2018. Retrieved May 23, 2020.

External links[edit]

  • Media related to Grenadine at Wikimedia Commons