Grenadine is like a non-alcoholic, neon red version of St-Germain. It not only adds a bright tang to cocktails, but if you make our favorite homemade version the old school way with dried hibiscus flowers, it can add a lovely florality to drinks as well. No matter which version you use, these seven classic beauties showcase grenadine’s versatility, deliciousness and vibrant hue.
The 7 Best Cocktails to Mix with Grenadine
This three-ingredient classic is the quintessential grenadine cocktail. A favorite of literary luminaries like John Steinbeck and Ernest Hemingway, the Jack Rose is boozy and robust. Use homemade hibiscus-infused grenadine for a bright, sweet tang, which makes this drink dangerously crushable despite its strength.
There isn’t a single cocktail more beach-ready than the Tequila Sunrise. Lively and vivacious in the glass—especially if you fresh squeeze that OJ—this three ingredient staple is as easy to concoct as it is to drink. To get that iconic sunrise-esque look, make sure to float your grenadine on top after you stir the juice with the tequila, so that the grenadine slowly bleeds into the drink.
American bartender Eddie Woelke created this classic (yet oddball) cocktail at the illustrious Jockey Club in Havana, Cuba. He stirred together a base of rum and dry vermouth into something like a Rum Martini. With a touch of floral, sweet grenadine and dry curaçao, the drink is the perfect pre-dinner sipper come summer.
This variation on a traditional Whiskey Sour adds tart hibiscus-infused grenadine to the mix. With fresh lemon and orange juice, peppery rye whiskey and a brandied cherry for garnish, this simple Sour is as refreshing as it is delectable.
A boozilicious tiki cocktail, the Bahama Mama has a slew of tropical ingredients to tickle your palate. There’s three different rums, including dark rum, coconut rum and 151 rum; Tia Maria, a Jamaican coffee liqueur made with rum; and fresh lemon, orange and pineapple juices. A measure of hibiscus grenadine ties the whole thing together with its lip smackingly tart florality, while dying the drink with its lively red hue.
This extra boozy tiki cocktail has a Ph.D. in funkiness. Combine rum, absinthe, lime juice, grenadine and a topper of seltzer water. It’s almost like a more vivacious, island-rific take on a Highball.
This is not only the ultimate tiki cocktail, but it’s also the ultimate grenadine cocktail. Designed for maximum fun, the group-sized Scorpion Bowl has enough booze to knock out a horse. You only need a touch of grenadine, but the small measure of fruity syrup makes a big difference in flavor, even among so many ingredients.