8 Grenadine Cocktails Worth Trying

Here are all the best grenadine cocktails that use this bright red syrup! Try everything from classic cocktails to modern grenadine drinks.

Grenadine syrup

Got a bottle of grenadine on hand? There are so many grenadine drinks made with this brilliant red syrup! Grenadine is often mistaken for cherry syrup, but it’s actually made from pomegranate juice. Its name is derived from the French word for pomegranate, grenade. Grenadine tastes fruity and sweet, and adds a bright red color to every drink it touches.

Here are all the best grenadine cocktails using this sweet syrup! There are classics like the vibrant Tequila Sunrise and sophisticated Cuban El Presidente…and of course no list would be complete without the most famous mocktail of them all, the Shirley Temple. Let’s get mixing!

And now…the top grenadine cocktails and drinks!

Try homemade grenadine!

When you shop for the main ingredient for these grenadine drinks, look for all natural grenadine if you can. Grenadine is often made with artificial colors and flavors: many times it’s not even made of pomegranate! Another option is to make grenadine at home. How to do it? Use fresh pomegranate juice! This results in a brilliant hot pink color that’s naturally made from scratch. Here are the basic steps for how to make grenadine syrup:

  • Mash fresh pomegranate seeds in a cocktail shaker to extract the juice. Then use a fine-mesh strainer to strain out the juice. Easy as that!
  • Heat pomegranate juice and sugar in a saucepan. Heat 2/3 cup juice with 1/2 cup sugar until the sugar just dissolves, 1 to 2 minutes. Cool, then add 1 teaspoon lemon juice to add tart flavor.

Want more? Go to How to Make Grenadine and Best Grenadine Substitute.

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Tequila sunrise

Tequila Sunrise (& More Grenadine Drinks!)

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x
  • Diet: Vegan


Here’s how to make a tequila sunrise! This vibrant grenadine cocktail layers the colors of a summer sunrise using tequila, orange and grenadine.


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) tequila
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) orange juice
  • 3/4 ounce (1 1/2 tablespoons) grenadine syrup (purchased or homemade)
  • Ice (try our clear ice!)
  • For the garnish: Cocktail cherry, orange juice


  1. Fill a highball glass with ice. Pour in the tequila and orange juice and stir.
  2. Pour the grenadine into center of the drink and it will sink to the bottom. Stir gently for sunrise gradient effect.
  3. Garnish with an orange slice and cocktail cherry.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails

Keywords: Grenadine cocktails

Last updated: November 2020

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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