Homemade Grenadine Syrup, Sugar-Free

Homemade grenadine syrup made with 100% pomegranate juice, which gives the grenadine a natural dark plum-red color. This syrup is sweet with natural flavors, but can be enhances with a sugar alternative like xylitol.

Homemade Grenadine Syrup, Sugar-Free for your favorite beverages! The Foodie Affair
Grenadine syrup with no food colorings added

Grenadine Syrup

I’ve replaced the popular Rose’s syrup for this homemade grenadine syrup.

Sorry, missy, but your first ingredient is high fructose corn syrup, and grenadine is supposed to be made from pomegranates.

You have zero fruit. None. Instead, you have been dressed in red 40 and blue 1 food colorings.

You see, I’m already thinking of Valentine’s Day, and I’m imagining some bubbly with a splash of grenadine. Doesn’t that sound wonderful?!

This homemade grenadine syrup recipe is SUPER-DUPER easy to make, and it tastes fantastic!

I didn’t have any bubbly chilled, so I made Alan and I tequila sunrises. Perfect Sunday brunch beverage, don’t you think?

Homemade Grenadine Syrup, Sugar-Free for your favorite beverages! The Foodie Affair
Tequila Sunrise with Homemade grenadine syrup. Lacking the “sunrise” I need to work on my bartending skills!

I was a little stingy with the syrup, because this batch came out sooo good and I want to savor every little splash 🙂 I also plan on giving my daughter a jar for Valentine’s Day.

I’ve made this recipe twice.

The first time I only added the juice and sugar together. It’s still much better than Rose’s brand, but I have to tell you, adding the orange blossom water and the molasses takes this grenadine to another level.

Orange blossom water adds a layer of depth that really compliments the syrup.

Take the time to add those two additional ingredients. You won’t regret it.

The orange blossom is definitely worth the hunt while shopping, especially if you make this for a special occasion or plan on giving it as a gift.

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Homemade Grenadine Syrup, Sugar-Free

Homemade grenadine syrup adjustable to your sweetener preference. Use for all your cocktails and beverages.
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Course: Drinks
Keyword: beverages, condiments, drinks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 855kcal
Author: Sandra Shaffer


  • Pomegranate Molasses:
  • 2 cups 100% pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar I used sugar-free xylitol
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • For Grenadine:
  • 2 cups 100% pomegranate juice
  • 2 cups sugar I used sugar-free xylitol
  • 2 oz. pomegranate molasses purchased or homemade
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water


  • To make molasses, place the juice, sugar and lemon juice in a saucepan. Over medium heat, stir occasionally until the sugar has completely dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook for about 45 minutes, reducing until it becomes a syrup. Put aside and let cool.
  • For the grenadine syrup, put 2 cups of pomegranate juice in a saucepan and add the sugar, stirring until the sugar dissolves and no sugar grains can be seen. Add two ounces of the molasses and 1 teaspoon of the orange blossom water. Stir until everything is dissolved.
  • Let cool and bottle.


If you are using fresh squeezed pomegranate juice, you will need approximately 2 large pomegranates. I used bottled Knudsen brand, 100% pomegranate juice. POM Wonderful is another brand that’s readily available. If you want to use regular sugar, the same ratio remains, 2 cups for the grenadine and 1/4 cup for the molasses. Pomegranate molasses and orange blossom water are specialty items often in Mediterranean or Latin markets. I made my own molasses and purchased the orange blossom water at Marshall’s store. Add one ounce of vodka as an optional preservative if you don’t think you’ll use the syrup within a month.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 855kcal | Carbohydrates: 215g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 40mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 209g


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

Recipe from this bartender, writer, and mixologist.

Homemade Grenadine Syrup, Sugar-Free for your favorite beverages! The Foodie Affair
Aren’t these jars cute? Love the flip tops and little handle. Scored theses at Marshall’s

For the Tequila Sunrise

  • 1 1/2 -2 ounces (give or take. I’m a giver) tequila
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 1/2 ounce grenadine syrup

Fill a tall glass with ice. Stir together the tequila and orange juice and pour over the ice. Slowly pour in the grenadine. The syrup will fall to the bottom and slowly rise. Garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry.

Homemade Grenadine Syrup, Sugar-Free for your favorite beverages! The Foodie Affair
Add this to your Sunday brunch recipe.

Mmmm, Mmmm.

Hugs Sandra Signature

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  1. Such a lovely color. And, I love that it’s all natural. I love making my own versions of things that people normally just buy. One of my favorite comments goes like, “you can make that?” Always makes me smile! Your recipe sounds delish & I can’t wait to try it.

    1. Thank you, Debi! I couldn’t agree more with you! I’m reading more labels now, and it really blows me away at the extra stuff that is so unnecessary (besides being cheap to produce in mass), but recipes like this is soooo EASY to make!

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  3. Wow Sandra! You’re quite the bartender there!! hehe. Drink looks fantastic! Could definitely have some right now! 😉 and mmm.. I love anything pomegranate! 😀

  4. I would have never have thought to make homemade grenadine syrup! You make a great point on the artificial colors. I’ve been trying to remove those awful colors from our diet, though this is a little challenging.
    Can you share any other ways you plan to use it?

    Thank you!

    1. Oh, my mind is creating all kinds of dishes to use this grenadine (besides cocktails and non- alcoholic beverages). I think it would work in cupcakes, frosting, reduction over salmon with rosemary, maybe with some beef stock. Definitely will be using it in my prosecco 🙂