For the drinking enthusiast looking for a DIY but too timid to try homebrewing or making gin, we’ve got a project for you: Grenadine. It’s almost as easy to make as simple syrup; meaning, there's no excuse not to make your own.
Essentially just a reduced pomegranate syrup, grenadine is a workhorse of an ingredient. It adds sugar, acidity and a gorgeous color all at once. It's a great ingredient for rum punches and tiki drinks. And the best part is, once you've made grenadine—which you can do hours, or even days in advance—you've done all the heavy lifting. From there, the cocktails practically make themselves.
To make the grenadine: Start with 100 percent pomegranate juice—not the kind cut with other ingredients or with added sugar. Pour one cup each of juice and white sugar into a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Once it boils, reduce it to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, then let the mixture cool. It should thicken considerably as it comes down to room temperature. And hey, look at that: You’ve made grenadine. It’ll last at least a week or two in the fridge, and pretty much forever in the freezer.