1. The girls love to make themselves Shirley Temples (and the occasional Roy Rogers). So when we ran out of grenadine, I decided we could make our own.
And WOW. It is SOOO much better than the neon red stuff. A much richer sweetness without all the cloying sugary-ness. Not to mention no preservatives. And you can control how thick you want it to be by adjusting how long you simmer it for. I made this batch a little more toward juice than syrup.
Here’s the recipe. The only thing that was tough to find was the orange-flower water. 
I ended up buying a bottle (and one of rose water, which smells lovely when added to a hot bath) on Amazon because I couldn’t find it locally, but I didn’t hunt around much. Whole Food didn’t have it, but maybe some Middle Eastern markets might have.

    The girls love to make themselves Shirley Temples (and the occasional Roy Rogers). So when we ran out of grenadine, I decided we could make our own.

    And WOW. It is SOOO much better than the neon red stuff. A much richer sweetness without all the cloying sugary-ness. Not to mention no preservatives. And you can control how thick you want it to be by adjusting how long you simmer it for. I made this batch a little more toward juice than syrup.

    Here’s the recipe. The only thing that was tough to find was the orange-flower water. 

    I ended up buying a bottle (and one of rose water, which smells lovely when added to a hot bath) on Amazon because I couldn’t find it locally, but I didn’t hunt around much. Whole Food didn’t have it, but maybe some Middle Eastern markets might have.

     
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