I've spent a few weeks trying to handle the great Fee BrothersAmerican Beauty shortage that I'm finding. The Fee Brothers are doing so well that folks like me tend to get squeezed out and ignored when it comes to getting my hands on products I love. So, I've started seeking out an alternative and lo-and-behold, I find a product right out of my own backyard!
Stirrings Authentic Grenadine is a Massachusetts product bursting with authentic flavor of pomegranate. Okay, let me just be up front with you right now because this is a bit embarrassing... I didn't know grenadine was pomegranate syrup until I was in my mid-20's. Yeah, I thought it was some weird hybrid cherry syrup from those bright red maraschino cherries (yeah, my world was rocked when I actually got to taste real maraschino cherries too).
Wait, grenadine is made from pomegranate?? Yeah. So how did I go through half my life not even knowing grenadine is supposed to be sweet pomegranate juice? Because I was raised on Rose's when it came to choosing a grenadine product. As it turns out, "grenade" is French for pomegranate, which is where the term grenadine comes from to begin with--holy crap! Apparently I was blinded by high fructose corn syrup products when I was a kid but, as I've grown older and my eyes have opened to more natural alternatives (and the Internet was invented) life got a whole lot clearer.
Stirrings Authentic Grenadine comes from water, concentrated pomegranate juice and cane syrup. The tasting notes then turn into a very simple flavor of sugar and pomegranate. The pomegranate flavor comes right through in the cocktails and mocktails such as the Shirley Temple. This may be striking at first, when you realize the complexities a subtle grenadine can give to a drink instead of the basic blast of intense sugar. Once you get used to it, you will find yourself re-enjoying those basic sodas and cocktails all over again. The flavor and color is a bit less striking with the Stirrings brand because our way of life has gone into the red #40 direction and not in the authentication direction.
So, if you're looking to bring back the concept of simple ingredients with natural flavor and color than perhaps taking a look at Stirrings Authentic Grenadine is your next step. So, I started with Fee Brothers American Beauty and have started to enjoy the natural simplicity of Stirrings so I guess there is something good to come out of this shortage after all.
Remember to put your stirrings authentic grenadine in the refrigerator after opening as it doesn't have crazy preservatives!