Around the holidays, I created a drink for the grown-ups, and my daughter immediately requested her own “special” drink. Of course!
I poured her some of my favorite blood orange soda from Target, added some fresh tangerine juice, an orange slice and a real maraschino cherry. She was thrilled to have a big-girl glass that wasn’t plastic, and to join the circle of grown-ups. Our kids don’t drink soft drinks of any kind (because we usually don’t have it in the house, because we’re mean, mean foodie purists) so the little bubbles in her glass were especially fun. Things only got of hand when she soon tired of the charm school sipping technique and began lapping the drink out of her glass like a kitty cat.
Anyway. On my next trip to the grocery store, I thought I’d pick up a bottle of grenadine to have around for any future “mocktails”. Why was I surprised to find that the brand most widely available, Rose’s, is mostly high-fructose corn syrup and food coloring? Real grenadine derives its color and flavor from pomegranates; the stuff you get for $3.99 is totally artificial.
That partly explains why I purchased Sonoma Syrup Company’s pomegranate infused simple syrup the other day – it’s a mixture of cane sugar, water and pomegranate juice. Simple syrup! I know that you and I could make this at home for about two cents, but I guess that explains the other reason I was taken in by this product: I’m a sucker for a pretty package. Yes, I will gravitate toward an overpriced bottle of sugar water like a wasp to a popsicle if there’s a nicely designed label stuck to it.
However, since my intent is to allow my kids to develop a taste for real food whenever possible, I feel it’s a worthwhile investment.
For one drink, put some ice cubes in a small glass. Add about a teaspoon of grenadine syrup, or some pomegranate juice. Top with sparkling water or real fruit soda, stir and garnish with orange slices and a cherry.