Pomegranate molasses is a thick syrup made from pomegranate juice cooked down with sugar until a syrup is formed. It differs from grenadine in that pomegranate molasses is much further reduced, which introduces cooked flavors into the syrup, and changes the color from a vibrant crimson red to a reddish brown color as the sugar caramelizes.
Pomegranate molasses is used extensively in the cuisines of Persia, Lebanon, Armenia and Georgia, and many of the best commercial brands come from one of those countries.
Some popular cocktails containing Pomegranate molasses
- Fool's Gold — Amontillado Sherry, Bitters, Cynar, Almond milk, Lime juice, Orgeat, Pomegranate molasses
- Elephant Flip — India Pale Ale, Ramazzotti, Bourbon, Navy strength rum, Bitters, Whole egg, Demerara syrup, Pomegranate molasses, Salt
- Bitter Tom — Gin, Campari, Bénédictine, Soda water, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Pomegranate molasses, Grapefruit peel
- The Crippled Creek — Bourbon, Pomegranate molasses, Lemon juice, Cane syrup, Dijon Mustard, Cucumber
- Freeman's Cocktail — Rye, Orange bitters, Lemon juice, Pomegranate molasses, Simple syrup, Orange peel