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
- Cosmopolitan Milk Punch — Vodka, Tawny port, Triple sec, Tonic water, Cranberry juice, Milk, Lime juice, Sugar, Star anise, Bay leaf, Clove, Pomegranate molasses, Orange peel, Grapefruit peel, Cardamom
- Double Fill-Up — Rye, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Pomegranate molasses, Mint
- Stars Align — Japanese Whisky, Umeshu, Bitters, Pomegranate molasses
- Short Rib — Blanco tequila, Simple syrup, Lime juice, Pomegranate molasses
- Fool's Gold — Amontillado Sherry, Bitters, Cynar, Almond milk, Lime juice, Orgeat, Pomegranate molasses
- Bitter Tom — Gin, Campari, Bénédictine, Soda water, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Pomegranate molasses, Grapefruit peel
- Freeman's Cocktail — Rye, Orange bitters, Lemon juice, Simple syrup, Pomegranate molasses, Orange peel
- La Bomba Daiquiri — Light rum, Raspberry, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Pomegranate molasses
- Juniperotivo — Gin, Lime juice, Simple syrup, Pomegranate molasses, Mint
- The Crippled Creek — Bourbon, Lemon juice, Pomegranate molasses, Cane syrup, Dijon Mustard, Cucumber