Employees Only’s Grenadine

Adapted from Speakeasy by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric

Enriched with brandy, this traditional pomegranate syrup is essential to New York City cocktail bar Employees Only standards like the Millionaire Cocktail.

Reprinted with permission from Speakeasy by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric. Copyright (c) 2010 by Jason Kosmas and Dushan Zaric. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.


Yield: 1 quart

  • 2 1/2 cups pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup simple syrup (1:1, sugar:water)
  • 1/2 cup brandy (preferably something dark and rich)

  1. Pour pomegranate juice and simple syrup into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Decrease the heat to low and reduce the mixture until it becomes syrupy enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 20 minutes.
  3. Let cool and add the brandy.
  4. Bottle and store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Tagged: brandy, pomegranate