Once upon a time, grenadine, a popular ingredient in cocktails from the Tequila Sunrise to the Shirley Temple, was a syrup made from pomegranate juice and sugar. Grenadine purchased today, however, is likely to consist of little other than high-fructose corn syrup “and various artificial flavours that could be most accurately described as ‘red’,” says Jacquilynne.

There are several options for those seeking to recapture the bygone days of truly pomegranate-flavored grenadine. The pomegranate martini mixer from a company called Stirrings has real pomegranate juice in it, but it’s expensive and has rather weak flavor, says Jacquilynne. It’s available at Whole Foods. Torani pomegranate syrup is what JK Grence the Cosmic Jester uses at home. There’s no actual pomegranate juice in it, but it uses natural flavorings and sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup, and the price is good.

A third option is to make your own. Mix a cup of pomegranate juice—now widely available in supermarkets—with a cup of sugar, heat until dissolved, and store in the fridge.

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