If you've never had homemade grenadine, you're in for a treat. Unlike the commercial stuff, which is little more than corn syrup and food coloring, this homemade grenadine uses real pomegranates and dried hibiscus flowers. If you can't buy fresh pomegranates, bottled not-from-concentrate juice (such as POM) can be substituted. The hibiscus and pomegranate juice give this grenadine and deep, garnet red that will give any drink a brilliant crimson hue.Hibiscus "flowers" are actually the fleshy red calyx that remains after the petals fall off. The fruit with its fuzzy black seeds is usually remov..
zest from 3 limes zest from 3 lemons zest from one grapefruit 1 cup sugar 3 cups water 1 1/2 tablespoons cinchona bark 1 teaspoon gentian root 1 1/2 tablespoons citric acid 2/3 cup chopped lemongrass 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt 2-3 cups rich simple syrup or other sweetener equivalent.Optional spices: 6 juniper berries 4 whole cardamom pods 6 whole allspice berries 2 teaspoons lavender 1 piece star anise 1/2 teaspoon quassia barkFor dry tonic, omit simple syrup and reduce citric acid to 1 teaspoon.Stir zest and sugar together, let sit, covered, overnight. In a saucepan, bring all ingredients excep..
Additional recipes for the Tiki Mixers Kit. Pimento (Allspice) Dram:12 oz rum1/3 cup allspice berriesSteep allspice berries in rum for 10 to 15 days. Strain and sweeten with brown sugar simple syrup (1.5 cups sugar to 1 cup hot water) Cinnamon and vanilla syrups:1.5 tablespoons cinnamon chipsOR2 vanilla beans 1 cup water1 cup sugar Place cinnamon or vanilla in a small saucepan with the sugar and water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for two minutes; stirring to dissolve the sugar. Remove from heat, cover, and let sit for two hours. Strain out the cinnamon or vanil..
Falernum, a rum based liqueur flavored with almonds, lime, ginger and cloves. Read about falernum's history in this Smithsonian article.Falernum Recipe:16 oz rum (use a mid-grade lightly flavored rum, not the cheap stuff and not a dark rum like Meyers) Zest from 8 to 9 limes 1" by 2" piece of ginger 1 cup sliced almonds 30 wholes clovesOptional Spices: 2 teaspoons Allspice berries 1 teaspoon Cinnamon chips 1 piece Star Anise 1 tablespoon Sarsaparilla Root2 tablespoons citric acid (4 tablespoons of lime juice can be used instead but mixture must be kept in the refrigerator and used quickly.) Sw..
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