There was a time in America when women started to work more and the era of quick foods began. This was a time of meals in a box, frozen dinners, and take out. The era lasted a long time. Mostly because the children learned from their mothers to make quick foods. So it carried over to the next generation.
When my mother was young, she baked, canned, and prepared everything from scratch with her own mother, but by the time she had children, a job, and an active social life, she went for quick foods and I was not taught how to truly cook from scratch, except for baked goods. Mom’s hobby was baking and we did it every Sunday.
I started to learn to cook when I married my husband. After we had children, we started hearing about food coloring being a carcinogen and that it increased the symptoms of things like ADHD and depression. Our children thought that they were being punished by having parents that would eliminate such fun, colorful things from their lives.
At that time, I had no idea that you could actually make things like homemade grenadine. As a matter of fact, I thought Grenadine was cherry flavoring! It’s pomegranate! Surprised? I was too.
Homemade grenadine can be used in all sorts of cocktails as well as fun drinks like a classic Shirley Temple!
Homemade Grenadine is shockingly easy to make with pomegranate juice, sugar and lemon
- 2 Cups Pomegranate juice Squeeze your own or get a high quality, organic pomegranate juice.
- 2 Cups Sugar I use organic cane sugar
- 1/2 Juice from 1/2 lemon
In a small saucepan mix the pomegranate juice and the sugar, stir on medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. add in the lemon juice after the sugar has dissolved. Let cool. Pour into a storage container. The homemade grenadine will keep for two weeks in the refrigerator.
*If you'd like it to keep for up to a month, add 1 ounce of vodka for preservation.