Stirrings is the best-tasting, readily-available commercial brand I've found of grenadine but doesn't seem amazing and it's $5 for small bottle - I want it to be red, contain real sugar rather than corn syrup, and at least approximate the taste of pomegranate.
What's your favorite brand? Where do you get it (or order) from? What's the price and volume?
Does anyone have a recipe to share for making a small amount at home?
Nowadays I make cold process grenadine at home and for the bars I work with. Just equal amounts original POM pomegranate juice and sugar in a jar, a little fresh lemon juice, and orange blossom water. Seal, shake, and it's ready. If it has to last more than a week I add some vodka as well. The different flavors of POM are interesting as well.
BG Reynolds (was Trader Tiki) has a really good hibiscus grenadine (hibiscus gives it the extra red color). The Boston Shaker store sells it online. Pricey but his products are well made:
For a good recipe to make hibiscus grenadine at home, I trust Tiare's from A Mountain of Crushed Ice's recipe:
This is Eastern Standard's recipe. It is similar to mine except I go equal parts grenadine and sugar to make a 1:1 syrup. I do it without heating. The heating process can turn grenadine a little brownish (which is why the other two add hibiscus):
Also, Morganthaler's recipe seems good and I trust his style. It's a step up from Eastern Standard's:
Morganthaler's article is the only one that points out the usefulness of adding 1 oz of 80-100 proof vodka to 12-15 oz of syrup to preserve it better (refrigeration is not enough to stop microbial growth).
Grenadine is so easy to make that it seems silly to buy it unless you aren't kitchen savvy.