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Homemade Grenadine Syrup and Pomegranate Mojitos

It’s a beautiful Sunday morning, sunny and quiet, just what Bear and I need after a hectic week.

We’re having a pottering sort of day, a day for naps and research for our books and for a leisurely brunch made special with Pomegranate Mojitos.

I love pomegranates. They always remind me of California, for that is where I first tasted them and became a fan for life.

I have two pomegranate trees planted and a third seedling coming along well, but didn’t think I’d get to taste any fruit until next year. Then my friend Shirley stopped by bearing pomegranates from her tree! I was thrilled. I kept them sitting in a blue bowl on my table for a whole week before using them, simply because they look so beautiful.

Yesterday I finally set aside time to process them. Pomegranates take a bit of time to get the ruby insides ready for eating, but they’re well worth the effort. While there are many methods for removing the seeds, known as arils, I find the easiest way is to simply cut off the top and bottom of the pomegranate and score along the natural humps of the fruit with a sharp knife, top to bottom. Then you can easily break it open into sections, and quickly fill your bowl with these tart little beauties.

I decided to turn them into grenadine syrup to use in various cocktails (Tequila Sunrise, Shirley Temple, etc). Grenadine is the French word for pomegranate, and is usually a shiveringly sweet syrup made with none-too-healthy corn syrup. Making it from fruit and sugar instead results in a more flavorsome syrup that doesn’t hurt your teeth with sweetness. You can make it even healthier by substituting real maple syrup for the sugar, but it does contribute a subtle maple flavor to the syrup.

Grenadine syrup is very simple to make. Barely cover pomegranate arils with water, bring to a boil, simmer for five minutes, then press through a strainer to get as much juice as possible. Measure the juice and add an equal amount of sugar, return to a boil, simmer for one minute, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Either cool and use right away or bottle it for future use.

I decided to use some in a special Pomegranate Mojito to make our Sunday Brunch extra special. Mojitos are my favorite cocktail. Always refreshing, always cooling, just the thing for a hot Sunday morning. A traditional Cuban mojito has five ingredients: lime juice, sugar, mint, white rum, and sparkling water over crushed ice. This is bliss in a glass, and the perfect base from which to experiment with different fruits. Blackberry, raspberry, they’re all delicious, and pomegranate is just as scrumptious.

What is your favorite cocktail on a hot day? xo

Grenadine Syrup Recipe

Ingredients:

2 cups pomegranate arils (seeds)
water to cover
granulated sugar

Directions:

Place pomegranate arils in medium saucepan and add water until just covered.
Bring to boil over medium-high heat and simmer for 5 minutes, crushing seeds gently with potato masher to extract juice.
Remove from heat and pour through fine mesh strainer into new saucepan, pressing seeds to extract all juice.
Measure juice and add same amount of sugar.
Return to heat, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for one minute.
Remove from heat, cool, and bottle in sterlized bottle. If using right away, store in fridge, if saving, put through hot water bath to seal bottles.

Pomegranate Mojito
Serves 2

Ingredients:

4 tsp Grenadine syrup
Juice of one lime
20 fresh mint leaves
1.5-2 cups crushed ice
4 Tbsp white rum
chilled soda water or sparkling mineral water
mint leaves or lime wedge to garnish

Directions:

2 tsp of Grenadine syrup in each glass.
Divide lime juice and mint leaves equally between two glasses. Stir then muddle gently with muddler or mortar so leaves are bruised but not crushed.
Divide crushed ice and white rum between two glasses.
Top up with chilled soda water and garnish with mint leaves and/or lime wedge.
Serve immediately.




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Cathy - I think the colour of that drink is just beautiful Krista. Pomegranates are a fascinating fruit 🙂

Jackie Smith - Oh Krista, we just last year while in Turkey discovered the wonders of Pomegranate juice. And this post is so inspiring that I have spent 10 minutes copying into my “little Greek notebook” the recipes. It is a book that holds all sorts of tips and notes to myself and when I get back there I plan to make both the Grenadine syrup and the mojito. Thanks much!! Hugs, Jackie

Tracy A. - Well, I have definitely lesrned something new! I never new that grenadine was made from pomegranates! Wonderful!

Lizzy (Good Things) - Ooooh, how lovely!

Maureen - I love pomegranates but I always have to wear an apron and then need a shower after because I get that juice absolutely everywhere. Worth every bit of the effort.

budgetjan - I didn’t know that Grenadines were Pomegranates. I associate them with Turkey as that is where I first drank their juice – it is very popular there. I love the colour and texture of the little balls. 🙂

Tandy Sinclair - I have always wanted to make grenadine so I am going to try your recipe 🙂

My Kitchen Stories - Trust you to make something interesting with them. I saw pomegranates growing for the first time last week. they look great dont they?

Krista - Isn’t it lovely, @wanderingsheila:disqus? Such a pretty shade and so summery. 🙂

Krista - Hooray! That makes me so happy, @disqus_WseMqaTPwi:disqus 🙂 I’m so excited about your Greek garden, and can’t wait to see it develop. 🙂

Krista - Isn’t it funny how we can hear about something for years but have no idea what it’s made of, Tracy? I love learning little tidbits like this. 🙂

Krista - It really was, @lizposmyk:disqus Just perfect for these wickedly hot days we’re having. 🙂

Krista - I can totally picture that, @OrgasmicChef:disqus 🙂 You’re right, though, it’s absolutely worth the effort. 🙂

Krista - How interesting, @budgetjan:disqus 🙂 I had no idea they were so important in Turkish cuisine. 🙂

Krista - That’s great, @tandysinclair:disqus 🙂 I hope you like it. 🙂

Krista - 🙂 They really do look fantastic, @taniamykitchenstoriescomau:disqus 🙂

Gourmet Getaways - Love it, Krista! How nice of your friend to have dropped off some pomegranates. We suddenly felt the thirst in our throats with that mojito pic!!

Julie & Alesah
Gourmet Getaways xx

Rachel Friesen - I always thought grenadine syrup was cherry flavoured – now I get why I like it so much. I also love a good mojito, or gin with a squidge of lime and a splash of soda.

Anna Johnston - I cannot wait to visit your farm, I just love that you are doing sustainable living in style. Allllll the yes for a Pomegranate Mojito.
Not sure I have a fave cocktail on a hot day, dont really drink them, but a Pina Colada or a Mojito go down a treat pretty much always.

bec - I love grenadine but not too keen on what it is made of so this is the perfect treat! Lovely recipe x

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