Pomegranates have been in season for a few months now. Yet, I only associate the flavor of the berry with the fall and early winter months. I love anything “pomegranate,” but by far, one of the best things I have ever eaten is the homemade grenadine made from the fruit, and all the endless possibilities that can go with it. This three-for-one recipe is going to teach you how to make the AHP Grenadine, AHP Pomegranate Snow Cone and the AHP Pomegranate Margarita. You may think that you have had grenadine before, but there is a high likelihood all you have sipped is a corn syrup mix that tastes nothing like the real thing. Made from scratch, the syrup is fresh, healthy, aromatic and satisfying.
- pomegranate seeds: 4 c
- sugar: 1/4 c
- Grind berries in a blender until “liquified.”
- Using a large bowl and a FINE strainer push the juice through the collider into the bowl. There will be quite a bit of pulp left over.
- On medium heat, add pomegranate juice, sugar and l/2 of the lime to a saucepan.
- Stir until sugar has dissolved. Then lower heat and let simmer for 35 minutes or until the liquid has turned into the consistency of a syrup and has reduced down by 50 percent.
- Turn burner off and let cool. I let mine cool for 20 minutes and it was still very hot.
- Pour in mason jar and let cool completely before you store in fridge. Good for 6 months.
AHP Pomegranate Snow Cones
- pomegranate syrup you just made
- In a heavy duty blender, blend ice into shavings.
- Using a ring mold press in ice. Don’t compact the ice too much. You want the ice to be airy and light not compacted into a block of un-scoopable ice.
- The ice will come out of the mold easily.
- Pour AHP Grenadine over the shaved molded ice and a splash of Champagne if you desire
AHP Pomegranate Margarita
- pomegranate syrup you just made: 1 ounce
- Cabo Wabo Tequila: 2 ounces (1/4 cup)
- lime: 1, about 2T, extra for garnish
- water: 1 ounce
- kosher salt: as desired, for rim
- Shake the pomegranate syrup, tequila, lime juice and water vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled rocks glass or coupe filled with ice. Garnish with salt and a wheel of lime if desired. Yes, I know I used a lot of salt, I love it!