Monin Grenadine Syrup
Monin Grenadine Syrup is just one of a delicious range of flavours, used by coffee shops such as Costa Coffee and enjoyed across the country and further afield.
The bottles come in a 70cl Glass Bottle, and a 1l Plastic bottle variation which is ideal for bars, cafes and coffee shops, but can also be used at home.
With a name that sounds like grenade, this sweet and sumptuously-coloured syrup certainly imparts an explosion of flavour. It is used in a variety of cocktails such as the classic Tequila Sunrise as well as in non-alcoholic mocktails including the Shirley Temple and the ever-popular pink lemonade. Grenadine syrup has earned worldwide popularity for its versatility, whether its mixed with water to make an appealing childrens drink or combined with pastis to make the classic French cocktail La Tomate.
Monin Grenadine Syrup perfectly encapsulates the flavour of this renowned ingredient, allowing you to add a delicious fruity kick to any beverage.
Grenadine a fantastically fruity flavour
The word grenadine originates from the French word meaning pomegranate, which itself is derived from pomme meaning apple and granate meaning seeds. Grenades were named after the fruit due to the physical resemblance and the precious gem garnet also has the same roots, with a name that was intended to reference the deep red colour of pomegranate seeds.
The deliciously sweet syrup has a tantalisingly dry edge which, along with its name, serves as a reminder that grenadine was originally prepared using pomegranate juice mixed with sugar and water. However, the full history of grenadine is shrouded in mystery: many people believed it was first made from pomegranates on the Island of Grenada, but the fact that the fruit doesnt actually grow there makes that an unlikely explanation - the similarity between the names is simply a coincidence.
Pomegranates were grown extensively around Iran and throughout the Mediterranean and in many of the areas where they were found, local versions of grenadine have been made for centuries. In the middle east, grenadine has been a staple of a number of beverages for generations, and the first mention of a cocktail based on grenadine syrup is thought to be in a French cocktail book called Bariana which was published in 1896.
Today, grenadine is made from a variety of fruit syrups to create a flavour that is at once sweet and tart and thoroughly delicious. The Bols distillery in The Netherlands still makes its traditional grenadine from pomegranate juice, but this grenadine syrup draws on a variety of fruity flavourings to give a real depth of flavour that cannot be beaten.
In France, a Monaco is a lager and lemonade shandy with a large shot of grenadine, but children are also able to enjoy the fruity flavour in the form of bébé rose otherwise known as a lait grenadine which is a splash of the sweet stuff mixed into a glass of milk. The rich pink colour makes grenadine syrup the perfect addition to any cocktails that need a little lift. Tequila sunrise may be one of the best-known cocktails that makes use of the deep red of grenadine syrup to striking effect.
Pomegranates have been grown in the US since the 18th century but they were always more popular in Europe. Possibly because of their proximity to the Middle Easts pomegranate crops, grenadine was already a popular ingredient in cocktails in Paris and London by the end of the 19th century. The ingredient is referenced in a monthly magazine called the Chautauquan from as early as 1894, when its mentioned as a drink for children. But by 1896 grenadine was becoming more popular in alcoholic cocktails with many being created to suit the fashion of the time.
Grenadine is also popular in mocktails the deep, fruity flavour is the perfect way to give any drink a kick and the colour has become one of the most distinctive elements of drinks such as pink lemonade.
Its not just sweet recipes that benefit from a slug of grenadine: the flavour of pork is perfectly complemented by the sweetness of the grenadine syrup and basting a joint with the deep red syrup is a great way to give it a hit of syrupy deliciousness; grenadine can also add a zesty freshness to a dressing for a feta cheese or a Lebanese fatoush salad.
For a grenadine recipe that puts the fruity flavour front and centre, this creamy cocktail will leave you in the pink!
You will need:
60ml of gin
15ml of double cream plus another 30ml for whipping
Whipped cream dispenser
20ml Monin grenadine syrup
Combine the gin, 15ml of cream and 10ml of the Monin grenadine syrup with the ice in a cocktail shaker and shake until the outside is frosty (this should take around 30 seconds). Pour the mixture into a tall glass, leaving a little room at the top for the whipped cream.
Add the remaining cream and Monin Grenadine Syrup to a whipped cream dispenser, screw on the cream charger and shake thoroughly to combine, then squirt a swirl of the flavoured cream on top of the drink and serve immediately.
This drink is one of many that make the most of deliciously fragrant Monin grenadine syrup, and a whipped cream dispenser is an ideal way to make a sumptuously sweet topping for a coffee, ice cream or any dessert.
For a non-alcoholic option, but the same great taste, why not replace the gin for a splash of Monin Gin Syrup?