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grenadine n : thin syrup made from pomegranate juice; used in mixed drinks

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From French grenadine.




  1. A cordial syrup made from pomegranates, or a dilute drink made from such syrup.



From grenade ‘pomegranate’.




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  1. grenadine



  1. Feminine plural form of grenadino


  1. Plural of grenadina

Extensive Definition

Grenadine is traditionally a red syrup. It is used as an ingredient in cocktails, both for its flavor and to give a pink tinge to mixed drinks. "Grenadines" are also made by mixing the syrup with cold water in a glass or pitcher, sometimes with ice.
The name "grenadine" comes from the French word grenade meaning pomegranate, as grenadine was originally prepared from pomegranate juice and sugar. However, "grenadine" is also a common name mistakenly applied to syrups and beverages consisting of other fruit juices (e.g. raspberry, redcurrant, blackberry) and sugar syrup. The characteristic flavor can be obtained from a mixture of blackcurrant juice and other fruit juices with the blackcurrant flavor dominating. The food industry, however, has widely replaced grenadine fruit bases with artificial ingredients.
Grenadine syrup is commonly used to mix "cherry" Coca-Colas (also called Grenadinis or Roy Rogers cocktails), pink lemonade, Shirley Temple cocktails, Tequila Sunrises, and flavor-soaked cherries, making them bright red. These are in turn often used in fruitcakes. It can also be added to a Mimosa to give it a red and orange color. Grenadine can also be combined with beer, forming what has been coined "grena-beer" or more recently "Christmas beer." The grena-beer fad originated in Europe during the 1990s. The name is also applied to alcoholic cordials, such as that made by J. R. Phillips "originally distilled from Devon herbs and spices."


grenadine in German: Grenadine (Lebensmittel)
grenadine in Spanish: Granadina
grenadine in Esperanto: Grenadino
grenadine in French: Sirop de grenadine
grenadine in Italian: Granatina
grenadine in Dutch: Grenadine
grenadine in Japanese: グレナデン・シロップ
grenadine in Polish: Grenadyna
grenadine in Portuguese: Grenadina
grenadine in Russian: Гренадин
grenadine in Finnish: Grenadiini
grenadine in Swedish: Grenadin
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