Grenadine is a pretty common reagent in classic cocktails, so making a sugar free grenadine was high on our list! Grenadine is used in many Shirley Temple cocktails, as well as a tasty add-on to many real cocktails that add a sweet and refreshing flavor. Grenadine is basically just a syrup of pomegranate juice and sugar, so making it at home is cheap and easy!
However, if you recall the MDR diatribe on juices, you’ll recall that using juice can never be completely no carb/no sugar, but it can get pretty darn close!
That being said, I utilized the Diet Oceanspray blueberry/pomegranate juice for this recipe. It has only 2 gram of carbohydrates per 8 fluid ounces, and as the recipe calls for a quart, which is 4 cups, and one cup weighs 8 ounces, then there are only 8 gram of carb in the whole batch! As you’ll only ever probably use an ounce at a time, that’s really only 0.25 gram of carbohydrates per serving. That is so low-carb that I don’t even count it! The blueberry add-on doesn’t overly change the flavor or the coloring either. Unless you were told, you’d probably never know there was blueberry lurking in this sugar free grenadine recipe!
Sugar Free Grenadine Recipe:
Just warm up the juice on the stove, but stop heating before it boils. Add the Splenda and allow to dissolve. Take off the heat and allow to cool. Add the Orange Flower Water and store.
I opted to make a half batch when I did it and it turned out just fine. I also added an ounce of vodka to it in order to help ward of the contaminating critters. I store mine in the refrigerator, but it should be fine at room temperature as well.