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Top 25 Best Grenadine Cocktails For Any Occasion

Quick Answer: What Are The Best Grenadine Cocktails?

The best Grenadine Cocktails include the Dirty Shirley Temple, Pink Lady, Bahama Mama, Strawberry Vodka Mojito, Cherry Vodka Sour, Bacardi Cocktail On The Rocks, Shaken Whiskey Sour Cocktail, Gin Pineapple Grenadine Cocktail, Sunrise/Sunset, Naughty Strawberry, Clover Club Cocktail, Harry Potter Amortentia Love Potion, Tropical Champagne Cocktail, Layered Spiderman Cocktail, Rosé Gold Cocktail, Garden Sour, Sweetheart’s White Chocolate Cocktail, New York Cocktail, Grapefruit Sunrise Cocktail, Blood And Honey, Zombie Brain Shot, Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot, Roy Rogers, Mai Tai and The Grimace Cocktail.  

It’s sweet and fruity. It gives any drink a vibrant, red hue and it can be found in the iconic Shirley Temple. That’s right. Today, we’re talking about grenadine! 

You’re likely all familiar with the drink from your childhood. But if you’ve never heard of it, grenadine is essentially a sweet syrup made from pomegranate juice and sugar.

It’s a delicious addition to a variety of drinks and can be found as a mixer in hundreds of cocktail recipes. 

“Hundreds” is a lot so for the sake of time (and so that we can get a drink in our hands more quickly), we’ve come up with a list of the top 25 best grenadine cocktails, that are both delicious and simple. 

Whether you’re looking for a refreshing drink to relax with after a long day at work or are in need of a festive addition to your holiday cocktail menu, we’ve got you. 

With everything from classic Shirley Temples to Harry Potter-inspired drinks, there’s something for everyone. 

Best Grenadine Cocktails: Quick Table

RecipeCaloriesPreparation Time
Dirty Shirley Templen/a3 min
Pink Ladyn/a5 min 
Bahama Maman/a5 min
Strawberry Vodka Mojito 225 (per serving)5 min 
Cherry Vodka Sourn/a5 min
Bacardi Cocktail On The Rocks712 (per serving)10 min
Shaken Whiskey Sour Cocktail237 (per serving)n/a
Gin Pineapple Grenadine Cocktailn/a5 min 
Sunrise/Sunset n/a5 min
The Naughty Strawberryn/a5 min 
The Clover Club Cocktailn/a25 min
Harry Potter Amortentia Love Potion 64 (per serving)5 min
Tropical Champagne Cocktailn/a5 min
Layered Spiderman Cocktail229 (per serving)5 min
The Rosé Gold Cocktailn/a5 min 
Garden Sourn/a5 min 
Sweetheart’s White Chocolate Cocktail 300 (per serving)5 min
New York Cocktailn/a5 min
Grapefruit Sunrise Cocktailn/a5 min
Blood And Honeyn/a5 min
Zombie Brain Shot 164 (per serving)5 min
Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot 81 (per serving)3 min
Roy Rogers n/a3 min 
Mai Tai 251 (per serving)5 min
The Grimace Cocktail187 (per serving)5 min

1. Dirty Shirley Temple 

When it comes to grenadine, Shirley Temples are a classic. They were one of our favorite drinks as kids and continue to be as adults- but with a dirty twist

Shirley Temples are typically made with Ginger Ale and grenadine but to kick it into party mode, simply add a bit of vodka and, if you’re really feeling nostalgic, throw in a couple maraschino cherries for garnish. 

Total Preparation Time: 3 minutes 

2. Pink Lady

“Pink Ladies” are not only an iconic group of girls from the classic “Grease” movie, they’re also fabulous cocktails!

Gin and grenadine are the stars of this drink and come together in a delicious creamy and fruity blend. 

Pink Ladies not only taste divine, they also appear ultra femme- perfect for a girl’s night. 

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

3. Bahama Mama

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If you can’t actually bring yourself to sandy beaches and crystal blue ocean water, why not bring them to you? 

With this sweet and tropical cocktail, you’ll be instantly transported to relaxation mode. 

Take a sip of this irresistible drink and taste the fruity hints of pineapple and lime slide across your tongue and just when you think it doesn’t get any better, two types of rum enter the scene, followed by a sweet, red surprise

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

4. Strawberry Vodka Mojito

You can never go wrong with a Mojito and this variation is both refreshing and simple to make! 

Strawberries rolls are a must once summer rolls around and this cocktail utilizes them in a delightful club soda, vodka, mint and lime ensemble. To add a subtle sweetness to the Mojito, grenadine is also added. 

This recipe yields two servings and would be perfect for sharing with your partner or bestie. 

Calories Per Serving: 225

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

5. Cherry Vodka Sour 

For a slight twist on the previous recipe, try opting for a cocktail that switches out the lime for lemon and adds a couple cheeky cherries

This Cherry Vodka Sour does just that and more, and in only a matter of five minutes. The resulting flavor is a little sweet and a little tart: the best of both worlds. 

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

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6. Bacardi Cocktail On The Rocks

The Bacardi Cocktail is a classic dating back decades and all we can say is that whatever person decided to put rum, lime and grenadine together is a true genius.

This drink is sweet, tart and extra strong. Plus, with a homemade grenadine recipe, you know you can’t go wrong (how satisfying was that rhyme?).  

Calories Per Serving: 712

Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes 

7. Shaken Whiskey Sour Cocktail

Satisfy your citrus cravings by adding a little liquid courage with this Shaken Whiskey Sour Cocktail

Orange and lemon are the key flavors in this drink, while the whiskey adds a delicious, smooth warmth to the overall finish. 

If that wasn’t enough to convince you, this recipe can be whipped up in just 3 minutes!

Calories Per Serving: 237

Total Preparation Time: 3 minutes 

8. Gin Pineapple Grenadine Cocktail 

In our opinion, you can never have enough pineapple cocktails in the summer, especially when they look this good. I mean, how stunning is that ombré effect and edible flower?

In terms of taste, grenadine, pineapple and lemon juice provide this drink with all the sweet and fruity flavors you could want without being too sugary. Gin and club soda add an additional bubbly kick (if you know what I mean). 

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

9. Sunrise/Sunset

Although in appearance this drink may resemble a Tequila Sunrise, it certainly doesn’t taste like it. 

As opposed to tequila, this cocktail uses Mezcal as the main alcoholic beverage. To complement the Mezcal, spicy and citrus flavors are also added. Then, for that final touch of sweetness, a simple syrup as well as grenadine are mixed in. 

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

10. The Naughty Strawberry 

When you’re feeling like being a little naughty, this cocktail is just what you need to get you in the mood. 

There’s nothing more sensual than strawberries and this recipe uses the fruit at full capacity. 

Top it off with a bit of grenadine and pink lemonade and you’ve got yourself an irresistible blend, perfect for lovers to enjoy with one another. 

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

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11. The Clover Club Cocktail 

Are you looking for the perfect cocktail to serve at your holiday party? Look no further! 

This recipe features both gin and Vermouth as well as grenadine (an extra special winter variation with cinnamon and clovers) and lemon juice to create the perfect blend of floral, sweet and tart flavors

Sugared cranberries are also delicately placed on the top as garnish to complement the red hues in the drink and to achieve that festive feel. 

Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes 

12. Harry Potter Amortentia Potion 

The Harry Potter series is full of so many incredible scenes, it’s hard to pick a favorite. However, if we’re talking about grenadine, there is one particular aspect that stands out. 

The Amortentia Potion is introduced in the Half-Blood Prince as a drink that will enchant anyone into becoming “infatuated or obsessed.”

It’s not only perfect as Valentine’s inspo, but with four simple ingredients: grenadine, vodka, cranberry flavour and pearl dust, this boozy brew will have you and your crush truly “intoxicated.”

Calories Per Serving: 64

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

13. Tropical Champagne Cocktail 

Who needs to travel to the tropics when you’ve got all the best parts of it right in this easy and refreshing cocktail?

Coconut rum, pineapple juice and grenadine are literally what dreams are made of and, when combined with prosecco, are extra fruity and fizzy.

We know what we’ll be sipping on this summer!

Total Preparation Time: 3 minutes 

14. Layered Spiderman Cocktail 

We love a good theme and this cocktail is exactly what we need to host the most epic Spiderman party ever!

This recipe is comprised of three main components: blue curacao, vodka and grenadine. By using a cool layering technique, these ingredients create a Spiderman effect that will be sure to impress your guests. 

Don’t forget to add a few spiders to really up the presentation factor!

Calories Per Serving: 229

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

15. The Rosé Gold Cocktail

When you want to feel a little lavish, accents of luxurious rose gold will always do the trick. 

This cocktail uses rose lemonade as well as rosé wine, vodka and grenadine to make a beautiful floral, sweet blend that is simply dreamy. 

Garnish with a rose-colored flower for the full experience!

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

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16. Garden Sour

Speaking of flowers, grenadine also pairs wonderfully with the light and delicate aromas of the elderflower. 

Elderflower liqueur which is full of floral and citrus that are enhanced even more when combined with other fruits and flowers such as lemon, pineapple and lavender. 

To turn this drink into a cocktail perfect for spring celebrations, make sure to add in a bit of gin. 

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

17. Sweetheart’s White Chocolate Cocktails

Because of its vibrant red hue, grenadine is the perfect ingredient for cocktails inspired by the day of love. 

With white chocolate liqueur, tequila, grenadine, whipped cream and fresh strawberries, this drink is really more of a dessert and will be sure to add a romantic ambiance to your date night. 

Calories Per Serving: 300

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

18. New York Cocktail 

Ironically, despite this drink being called the “New York Cocktail,” the key ingredient in it is Canadian Crown Royal whiskey. Regardless of the geography, there’s one thing we know for sure- and that’s that this concoction is one to remember. 

Crown Royal whiskey is warm and smooth with hints of caramel and is complemented in this cocktail by lime, grenadine and simple syrup to make the perfect sweet, tart, and fruity blend. 

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

19. Grapefruit Sunrise Cocktail 

The tartness of grapefruit and the sweetness of grenadine balance each other out perfectly and provide a wonderful palette of flavors for any summer cocktail

Add in some orange liqueur, lemon juice and vodka and you’ll be in citrus heaven. 

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

20. Blood And Honey 

Halloween is quickly approaching and we need all the creepy cocktail inspo we can get. 

We know what you’re thinking- “gross”, but Halloween theme doesn’t automatically indicate “unappealing.” 

Now, the bloody garnish on this cocktail may say otherwise but we assure you, with this deliciously refreshing lemon, honey and grenadine mix, you’ll be coming back for seconds in no time. 

Plus, if you add in enough gin, it won’t matter anyway. 

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

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21. Zombie Brain Shot

Is it even Halloween if zombie brains don’t appear in some form or another?

We can’t get enough of this grenadine shot not only because it looks totally cool and creepy but more so because of its interesting and unique taste. 

Zombie Brains use an ensemble of ingredients, including peach schnapps, creme de menthe, Bailey’s Irish Cream and grenadine. It seems like a strange array of flavors to put together but, if you give it a shot (get it), you may just be pleasantly surprised. 

Calories Per Serving: 164

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

22. Pineapple Upside Down Cake Shot 

If you can’t make an actual Pineapple flavour Cake, this shot is definitely the next best thing!

Made with only three ingredients, vodka, pineapple juice and grenadine, this recipe is not only super tasty but also super simple.

Who needs to turn on the oven when you’ve got this?

Calories Per Serving: 81

Total Preparation Time: 3 minutes 

23. Roy Rogers Drink 

The Roy Rogers is an iconic childhood drink that, no matter how many times you have it, it never gets old.

It’s ultra-easy to make and only requires 3 ingredients, Cola, grenadine and maraschino cherries– that is, unless you want to upgrade it to something a little more adult-friendly. 

For a boozy twist on this nostalgic beverage, simply add in a bit of your favorite bourbon and enjoy!

Total Preparation Time: 3 minutes 

24. Mai Tai 

Put yourself into vacay mode with this sweet and fruity tropical delight. 

Mai Tai’s are a classic when it comes to summer cocktails and feature two kinds of rum, orange and pineapple juice and you guessed it, grenadine.

They’re super easy and delicious and will bring a bit of tropical vibrance to your day. 

Calories Per Serving: 251

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

25. The Grimace Cocktail 

This cocktail is so dreamy, we almost don’t want to drink it. But that would be a shame, of course, because vodka, blue curacao, grenadine and grape Powerade are simply too delectable to waste, especially when they’re presented as majestically as this.  

Calories Per Serving: 187

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes 

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Grenadine Made Of?

Grenadine is a simple syrup commonly used as a cocktail mixer. It is made from fresh pomegranate juice and sugar and contains a hint of citrus flavor. Because of the pomegranate component, the resulting color of grenadine is a vibrant red. 

What Does Grenadine Taste Like?

Grenadine derives its flavor predominantly from the pomegranate juice from which it is made and, as a result, tastes fruity, sweet, tart and slightly acidic. 

Does Grenadine Have Alcohol In it?

No, grenadine does not contain any alcohol and is simply used as a sweetener in drinks. However, it does pair well with many types of alcohol including vodka, gin, whiskey and rum.

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