Keeping it Real

Earlier in the year, I made a Scofflaw, a cocktail named for those people who flouted Prohibition in the US. The name is great, as is the origin story of the drink. The taste was decidedly less impressive; with the grenadine syrup covering everything in a artificial sweetness.

More recently I read an article about Grenadine Syrup and found that it should be made from Pomegranate and sugar. The ingredients on the label of my bottle read as follows:

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WATER, CITRIC ACID, SODIUM CITRATE, SODIUM BENZOATE (PRESERVATIVE), RED 40, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, BLUE 1

A longer list that the suggested recipe, buy yet neither of the needed ingredients are actually present. Therefore, on Wednesday night, I made my own grenadine. I took a bottle of pure Pomegranate juice and heated it until its volume was halved. I then added an equal volume of sugar , stirred until it dissolved. I allowed the syrup to cool and added a shot of vodka to help preserve the syrup, poured into a bottle and refrigerated. A taste of the result suggested a vast improvement.

Tomorrow night, I shall need to try the homemade syrup in a new Scofflaw.

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