Six things you didn't know about the cocktail enhancer – grenadine
Grenadine is a non-alcoholic syrup used to add sweet tartness and a pink or red hue to cocktails like the Tequila Sunrise. Here's six things you might not know about grenadine (and a few of Toast’s favourite grenadine cocktails below)…
- Grenadine is traditionally made from pomegranate juice, mixed with sugar and water, although some modern versions use redcurrant, cherry and blackcurrant juices.
- Originating in France, the name comes from the French word for pomegranate “grenade”. Because it’s non-alcoholic, grenadine has been a popular addition to children’s drinks in France for decades, where it’s added to soda or milk.
- According to beverage journalist Camper English, grenadine’s first appearance in cocktail books dates to the 1896 guide Barianna, where it’s used in cocktails of the age such as the Bosom Caresser.
- Classic non-alcoholic cocktail the Shirley Temple – named after the famous 1930s child actress – is a blend of ginger ale and grenadine dressed with a cherry.
- In the 1970s the original Tequila Sunrise cocktail recipe (which was created in the 1930s and included tequila, cassis and soda), was tweaked to include orange juice and grenadine. The syrup gives the drink its striking sunrise effect by being slowly poured in at the end, and rising back up.
- For a shandy with a Continental twist whip yourself up a “Monaco” by adding a splash of grenadine at the end.