Grenadine Syrup

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Grenadine, also known as cherry syrup, is a thick syrup made of concentrated sour cherries, with a slight sweet taste. Grenadine is a popular ingredient in cocktails and desserts and is very popular in the USA. A popular sweetener for cocktails and mocktails, grenadine is also used in cooking, baking and can be used as a sweetener for beverages, ice cream or even drizzled over pancakes. Grenadine is a very sweet syrup and is also used as a flavoring for cooking.



The Bakunin is a specialty of Pravda in New York, a Russian restaurant with more than a hundred vodkas behind their bar. We think it first appeared in print in Dale DeGroff’s The Craft of the Cocktail.

It’s a wonderful little orange number, with orange vodka in a starring role. Pravda uses Stolichnaya Oranj, and calls for Grand Marnier for the orange curaçao. You can use any orange vodka and orange curaçao you have on hand – but avoid triple sec, which won’t bring the jammy, deep flavors you’d get from a curaçao.

You can use bottled orange juice for this, if it’s all you have – but it’s absolutely phenomenal with fresh-squeezed oranges in season. You could even swap in some tangerine or mandarin juice for a change of pace.

The grenadine (or pomegranate molasses, if you prefer) is just for color – use a light hand.


  • 1½ parts Citrus vodka
  • 1 part Orange curaçao
  • 2 parts Orange juice
  • ½ part Lemon juice
  • 1 dash Grenadine   or Pomegranate molasses


Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into an ice-filled short glass.