The Mix Lab’s Guide to: Hibiscus Grenadine

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Grenadine is supposed to be a pomegranate syrup. In order to reduce production costs the fruit juice has been replaced with artificial ingredients. Most commercial grenadines are now just high fructose corn syrup and Red #40 and Blue #1 – just colored sugar with no real flavor. Real grenadine is sweet, tart, and rich in flavor. Fortunately its easy to make.

Hibiscus Grenadine
1 Cup 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 Cup Sugar
3 Tbsps of Dried Hibiscus

In a pot combine the pomegranate juice, sugar, and the dried hibiscus flowers. Bring to a simmer and stir to thoroughly combine the sugar. After the sugar is fully incorporated, remove from heat and set aside to cool for about 2 hours to allow the flavors of the hibiscus to infuse and meld into the juice. Then strain, add a touch of vodka, bottle and refrigerate. You can also experiment with adding rosewater or orange flower water to add more floral notes or some pomegranate molasses for added nuances.

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