The True Origin of Grenadine

July 17th, 2013
by Wilks & Wilson

As a child, itʼs likely that you enjoyed a Shirley Temple while your parents sipped on something a little stronger during family nights out to dinner. The ginger ale mixed with neon red grenadine burst with a sweet cherry flavor–and induced an inevitable sugar high.

Hold on. True or false. Grenadine is cherry flavored, right? False. Real grenadine is pomegranate flavored.
Our childhoods were a lie!

That fluorescent red, cherry-flavored syrup is nothing close to what grenadine really is. Grenadine is actually a deep, burgundy color and tastes not just sweet, but tart. Its name originated from the French word grenade and the Spanish word grenada, both meaning pomegranate. Grenadine was originally prepared from pomegranate juice and sugar, which provided a richly-flavored syrup.

Grenadines that you can find in grocery stores are largely made up of artificial flavoring, high fructose corn syrup, citric acid and the food dye Red 40, among tons of unpronounceable ingredients.

With Genevieveʼs Grenadine, we wanted to bring the original back through history and perfect it through our hand-crafting process with our organic, mostly natural ingredients– just using organic evaporated cane juice, filtered water and pomegranate juice concentrate.

No Red 40 here.

Pair our Grenadine with your favorite whiskey to mix up the perfect Old Fashioned.

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