Grenadine Cocktails gives you a colorful red drink to sip on with the right level of sweetness and tartness from the pomegranate juice typically added in!
Most of us were raised drinking Shirley Temple drinks which utilize the pomegranate flavored syrup by adding grenadine into a lemon-lime flavored soda with a maraschino cherry sitting on top.
As we have gotten older, our taste in drinks may have changed but this one key ingredient deserves a place in our at-home bars for all of the drinks made better with the addition of it!
A little bit of grenadine syrup goes a long way in non-alcoholic drinks, making them perfect for children, but our focus is going to be on the extensive uses for adult cocktails!
These 19 cocktails all feature grenadine in them and have various types of alcohol so whatever your preference for liquor, you can find something fitting for yourself!
There are classic drinks featured such as Mai Tais and Dirty Shirley drinks.
But there are also more unique drinks that may be new to you such as a Spicy Mango Margarita and Vampire’s Kiss.
Start adding a little bit of grenadine to your cocktails and you will fall in love with the color and flavor it adds!
1. Bacardi Cocktail
If you don’t seem to have a bottle of grenadine handy, this recipe includes steps to make your own grenadine syrup!
Adding a teaspoon of vodka to your syrup will help your grenadine last longer in the fridge but be mindful if you want to use this to make drinks for your children, too!
Mixing this cocktail is a simple process and adding in a splash of chilled sparkling water gives you a little extra elegance for your sweet drink.
Vodka sours are a classic bar order that takes no time to prepare.
Chances are you already have everything you need for it at home!
While they are already a great drink, adding a dash of grenadine to your vodka sour can turn it into a cherry vodka sour and give you a beautiful bold color.
Perfect for special anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, or even a themed party, these Love Potion Cocktails have a place at almost any celebration!
In about a minute you have yourself a photogenic drink that also tastes amazing.
A little bit of amaretto and lemon-lime soda give you a delicious flavor but the grenadine and lime wedge are the cherry on top!
Cocktails with grenadine are always a satisfying choice for a refreshing drink on a hot day.
This cocktail in particular will quench your thirst and give you the fruity flavors perfect for enjoying in the spring or summer seasons.
This beautiful and delicious drink is perfect for enjoying poolside or during a large party.
5. Mai Tai
If you are dreaming of relaxing on the beach but can’t make it happen right away, a Mai Tai cocktail will help you feel like you are relaxing in the sun next to cool, salty waters under some palm trees.
The cocktail itself has all kinds of fruity flavors in it but the color of the grenadine gives you a pretty color to remind you of the sunset.
To make this drink even better, there are no complicated steps involved.
Just mix together your ingredients, shake, and pour over ice!
Mojitos are made better with the addition of some muddled mint and lime.
Of course, this wouldn’t be a strawberry vodka mojito without some strawberries muddled in the mixture, too.
Stir in some lime juice, vodka, and grenadine for a picture-perfect and refreshing mojito.
Although this recipe is titled Tropical Champagne, it uses prosecco which is a sparkling white wine but uses different grapes from champagne.
Using champagne is always an option for this drink but it will change the taste a bit.
Coconut rum and pineapple juice give you the tropical taste of the name and the grenadine gives you the bold red color that adds to this delightful drink.
As a child, drinking Shirley temples while out at a restaurant helped us feel like we were one with the adults who were sipping on their cocktails.
This drink features all of the classic ingredients we loved to drink as a child but with the addition of a couple of ounces of vodka, giving it the “dirty” twist.
Unflavored vodka can be used but if you feel a desire to use flavored vodka, go for it!
This will add a little more complexity to the flavor and can definitely elevate it a little further.
Many drinks with grenadine are perfect for entertaining guests with the beautiful appearance it adds to your glass.
This Bikini Martini layers the liquid ingredients within it, giving you a cocktail that looks like it was put together by a professional.
The secret is, that layering your mixed drinks is a lot easier than you think, especially when the grenadine naturally sinks to the bottom of your glass.
10. Cherry Julep
Classic Juleps feature bourbon or mint but this Cherry Julep utilizes gin, brandy, and grenadine.
This is one great choice for grenadine cocktails to enjoy gin in a way that’s not a gin and tonic.
If you don’t have cherry brandy, you can make your own cherry-flavored liquor easily.
Keep in mind, that it does need to be stored in a cool, dark place for about a week before it can be added to your cocktails.
This mojito features classic ingredients like rum, lime, and mint, but in this recipe, it doesn’t have to be muddled together, making it a little bit easier.
Grenadine syrup accentuates the bright color of the strawberries thrown in giving you a bold pink drink.
A little bit of soda to top this off adds some bubbles to make every sip enjoyable!
A few jalapenos are thrown into a margarita giving the right level of heat to pair with the sweetness of the mango and grenadine in this cocktail.
Slowly, the grenadine will settle to the bottom of your glass, separating from the mango mixture giving you a beautiful color like a sunset.
There are a few variations that can easily make this more suitable for your taste, including sweating it up with some agave or honey or lowering the jalapenos used for a milder spice level.
When it comes to summer drinks to make with grenadine, this lemon drop cocktail deserves special recognition.
Not only is it full of peach flavors from the puree and vodka but the grenadine and lemon juice complement the summery fruit flavors so well.
This drink is beautiful when layered with the heaviest liquids at the bottom.
Even if it is all mixed together as one, it gives you a delicious drink to sip on all summer long!
14. Hawaiian Mimosa
It is hardly considered brunch without some mimosas to go with your meal, but with a few simple changes, you can give your mimosas a Hawaiian twist.
All you need are four simple ingredients.
You can leave the cocktail shaker aside because as long as you have chilled your ingredients, there is no need for this to be shaken or poured over ice!
This drink has taken over TikTok, and for good reason considering how easy it is to make yourself a tropical and easy drink that is out of the ordinary from what we are used to drinking!
15. Santa Cocktail
Grenadine cocktails are popular in the summertime but they can easily be made into a holiday drink for the adults to enjoy!
Cranberry juice adds the right amount of Christmas-time flavor while the grenadine gives you the bold color fitting for Santa, himself!
Unflavored vodka is always a great choice for your cocktails but if you choose to go for a flavored kind, cranberry or citrus vodka works well with the other flavors in this drink.
This cocktail is perfect to enjoy all year round when you want something fizzy and sweet to celebrate with.
You can use regular gin or pink gin depending on your preference since the addition of grenadine will give you the pink color from the name.
Between the lemon juice and grenadine, you get a little bit of tartness which pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the sugar rim and the lemonade topping off the drink.
17. Vampire’s Kiss
If you are serving guests for a Halloween party, you have to try this Vampire’s Kiss cocktail with the special addition of some dry ice.
The dry ice adds a little bit of “smoke” but just be careful while handling it since it is at such a low temperature.
Even if you opt out of using dry ice, you have yourself a raspberry-flavored drink with a deep blood red color fitting for the Halloween theme!
18. Irish Redhead
Just like all of the favorite redheads in our life, this cocktail has a little bit of smokiness and has a bit of feist in it.
Even though this drink has some secret power in it, it goes down easily and can be very refreshing with Sprite and a splash of lemon and lime juice.
Of course, it can’t be an Irish redhead without the strong red color that comes from adding in a bit of grenadine
Whatever you might imagine from a drink named “Fairy Belle”, you get from this cocktail.
It is a pretty pink color with a little bit of froth and just the right touch of sweetness that comes from mixed drinks with grenadine.
The egg white added in gives it the creamy texture that makes it so much easier to sip on.
The bottom line
Grenadine can be an overlooked tool in our bars but it can add just the right touch of fruitiness, sweetness, and color to your favorite drinks.
There are so many grenadine cocktails that make use of this versatile syrup so consider this your sign to try some of these out the next time you want a special drink!
The Best 19 Grenadine Cocktails
These 19 Grenadine Cocktails add just the right amount of fruitiness, sweetness, and color to some of your favorite drinks.
- Bacardi Cocktail
- Cherry Vodka Sour
- Love Potion Cocktail
- Pineapple Sunset Cocktail
- Mai Tai
- Strawberry Vodka Mojito
- Tropical Champagne
- Dirty Shirley
- Bikini Martini
- Cherry Julep
- Pink Strawberry Mojito
- Spicy Mango Margarita
- Red Mermaid Lemon Drop
- Hawaiian Mimosa
- Santa Cocktail
- Pink Gin Fizz Cocktail
- Vampire’s Kiss
- Irish Redhead
- Fairy Belle Cocktail
- Find your favorite drink recipe from our Grenadine Cocktails list.
- Gather all the ingredients needed.
- Start mixing and creating your new cocktail, make us proud!