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10 Best Grenadine Cocktails

These grenadine cocktails range in color from the brightest orange to the palest pink and vibrant red.

There’s even a red, white, and blue one on the list! 

For the most part, people add grenadine to their drinks for the color, not the taste.

But it does have a sweetly tart, somewhat fruity flavor, too. 

Tequila Sunrise with Grenadine, Cherry and Lime
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The tastes of each one vary, as well, from sweet and sugary to tart and tangy and everything in between the two.

So whatever you’re in the mood for, you should be able to find it here. 

Now, onto my picks for the best grenadine cocktails I’ve ever tried. I hope you enjoy them, too! 

Grenadine Cocktails & Drink Recipes

1. Tequila Sunrise

The tequila sunrise is well-known by all and well-loved by most.

Its sunrise-like appearance and sweet and tangy taste make it a summer hit, especially around the pool.

You start with a base of tequila and add lime juice, orange juice, grenadine, half an orange, and a maraschino cherry for garnishes.

Then, add a bit of seltzer water to the glass if you want to make it fizzy. 

Whether you’re looking for the perfect beachside cocktail or a light drink to serve at your Fourth of July BBQ, this one is a fun, flavorful choice.

Ingredients: tequila, lime juice, orange juice, grenadine, seltzer water, orange slice, maraschino cherry

2. Scofflaw Cocktail

The scofflaw cocktail is a somewhat bitter but tart drink created and made famous in Paris.

It’s not as popular in the United States as some of the others on this list, but it’s an excellent drink.

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It has a strong citrus tang, but the bitters, dry vermouth, and whiskey contribute most to its overall flavor. 

If you like your drinks saccharine sweet and candy-like, this probably isn’t the one for you.

But if you enjoy a good stiff drink with a slight mouth-pucker factor, you’ll appreciate it. 

If you’re not sure if you’d like it, give it a try.

It takes 3 minutes to make and uses readily available bar ingredients. You have nothing to lose. 

Ingredients: rye or bourbon, lemon juice, dry vermouth, grenadine, orange bitters

3. Bomb Pop Cocktail

If you’re of legal drinking age, then you’ve probably seen a bomb pop at some point.

They’re the firecracker-shaped popsicles that are blue on the bottom, white in the middle, and red on top. 

These cocktails look just like that, only in reverse. The trick to making them is pouring things carefully and in order. 

That’ll ensure you get the red bottom (grenadine), white middle (Mike’s Hard Lemonade), and blue top (blue raspberry vodka).

The taste is tart and sugary but tasty, nonetheless. 

You’ll also want plenty of ice and a mini bomb pop for the garnish (in case someone doesn’t know what they are, which is unlikely). 

These, of course, make fantastic and festive mixed drinks for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, Veteran’s Day, or any other patriotic holiday or celebration. 

Ingredients: Mike’s Hard Lemonade, blue raspberry vodka, grenadine, mini bomb pop popsicles

4. Jack Rose

Before you ask, no, this cocktail isn’t named after the main characters of Titanic.

It’s much older than that and was a favorite of John Steinbeck! 

It gets its name from the applejack (or apple brandy) you’ll use to make it and its rosy red color, which it gets from the grenadine.

You also add freshly squeezed lemon juice and a lemon twist. 

The result is an apple-heavy, fruity drink that’s fresh, sweet, and just a touch oaky (if your apple brandy is well-aged). 

Ingredients: apple jack or apple brandy, lemon juice, grenadine, lemon twist

5. Sunrise Mimosa

The sunrise mimosa looks like a more pastel-colored version of the tequila sunrise, but the taste is somewhat different.

There’s less of an alcohol bite, for one thing. 

It’s also sweeter, bubblier, and fruitier.

You make it with equal parts Champagne and orange juice (freshly squeezed is best), a half tablespoon of grenadine, and an orange slice garnish.

If you’re looking for a light, refreshing drink to enjoy with your lunch, brunch, or any other meal, these are pretty perfect.

Plus, they aren’t likely to get you too tipsy, even if you have a couple. 

Ingredients: freshly-squeezed orange juice and champagne, grenadine, orange slice

6. Hawaiian Martini

The Hawaiian martini is another grenadine cocktail that has a sunrise-like appearance.

It starts with a reddish-orange color at the bottom and gradually lightens to yellow at the top. 

The colors in this one aren’t as bright, though. They’re a bit more muddled, almost like a dirty martini.

The drink is sweet and tropical, featuring vodka, pineapple juice, orange juice, and grenadine.

Mix all the ingredients except the grenadine and strain the mixture into the glass.

Add the grenadine to get the reddish-orange hue at the bottom. Then, stick an orange garnish on the side of the glass.

Then, stretch out by the water with your favorite book, and enjoy the rest of your day. 

Ingredients: vodka, pineapple juice, orange juice, grenadine, ice, orange strip

7. Hawaiian Sunset

Unlike the Hawaiian martini and the other sunrise/sunset cocktails on this list, the Hawaiian sunset uses grenadine differently. 

Instead of leaving it until the end and creating a multi-colored drink, you add it to the cocktail shaker.

Combine it with the orgeat, vodka, lime juice, and lemon juice. 

Doing so makes the whole drink one uniform color – a pale but pretty pink – with a bubbly white top.

The taste is different, too. It’s much sourer, with a nutty citrus kick from the orgeat. 

Ingredients: vodka, orgeat, lemon juice, lime juice, grenadine

8. Cherry Bomb

Hello, Daddy! Hello, Mom! I’m your ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-ch-cherry bomb! 

I think of that song every time I have this drink, and it always puts a smile on my face.

This bright red/orangey treat looks great and tastes even better. 

It’s a rum-based cocktail to which you’ll add lime soda, grenadine, limes, lime juice, ice, and maraschino cherries. 

It’s super tart, super bright, and super yummy. Plus, it’s zesty and fizzy, too, and that always makes a drink more fun. 

Ingredients: lime soda, rum, grenadine syrup, juiced lime, sliced lime, maraschino cherries

9. Cherry Cheesecake Sippers

This pretty pink drink is the ideal option if you’re in the mood for something smoother, creamier, and sweeter. 

It combines vanilla vodka and butterscotch liqueur, which are two bases I’d never even considered putting together!

Once you try it, though, you’ll want to mix them more often.

There’s also grenadine, pineapple juice, and heavy whipping cream to give it that lovely, smooth, and creamy consistency.

If you’re trying to set a mood, add the confetti hearts around the rim.

If not, just enjoy the drink as it is. Either way, it won’t disappoint you or anyone else who tries it.

Ingredients: vanilla vodka, butterscotch liqueur, grenadine, pineapple juice, heavy whipping cream, cherries

10. Malibu Sunset

The Malibu sunset foregoes the traditional orangey-yellow of the sunrise mixed drinks on the list, opting for a red to pink to translucent fade instead. 

It’s incredibly tropical, featuring coconut rum, pineapple-orange juice, grenadine, and cherries, pineapples, and oranges for garnishes. 

It’s sweet and tangy, and if you don’t tell people there’s alcohol in it, they’ll never know it’s there.

If you’re not a fan of tasting the liquor in your cocktails, this drink is the one for you.

Ingredients: ice cubes, pineapple-orange juice, Malibu coconut rum, grenadine, maraschino cherries, pineapple and orange slices

10 Best Grenadine Cocktails

These grenadine cocktails are colorful and fun! From a tequila sunrise to a bomb pop to mimosas and martinis, you’ll gain a new appreciation for grenadine with these drinks.


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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

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