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Nothing expresses how completely corporate America is ruining the quality of life quite as well as the label on a bottle of Trader Vic's Grenadine Syrup. Now it is a bland logo and faux-tropicalia look whereas just a few short years ago the bottles sported a label with a beautiful, cartoon-like island girl. The small bottles were discreet but the larger bottles showed her bare breasts! Kids everywhere were amused, and maybe even a few adults, as well.

Worse yet, the contemporary Grenadine is little more than red-dyed sugar water. Not only the Trader Vic's brand but almost all flavor grenadine with artificial flavors instead of the traditional pomegranate.
Grenadine is a key ingredient for the classic bar. We can't imagine a well-stocked bar without it. It sweetens and adds a glorious pink hue to all it meets. Mai Tais and Lime Rickeys would be very different drinks without its gentle gift!

Occasional bartenders probably could make due with the bottled chemical swill available at your supermarket, but life is full of enough compromises, so we choose to make our own.

Simply cut two pomegranates in half. If you are frugal and have some time to waste, pick out the individual seeds and put them in a blender. Strain into a saucepan. We just place the entire half pomegranate onto a hand crank juicer and get the juice that way. Once the juice is in your saucepan, add an equal amount of water and about half the amount of sugar. Gently heat until the liquid starts to thicken. You can adjust the sugar or water to your liking. This potion keeps in your fridge for quite a long time.



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Remember- where there's a swill there's a sway!

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