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Jul 16, 2014 11:48 PM

Substitute for Pomegranate Molasses

I've used this Hibiscus Simple Syrup as a substitute for pomegranate molasses in many recipes and I've always liked the results. It's very easy to make and lasts quite a while refrigerated.
Bring to a boil
1cup water
2 cups sugar or Splenda
Reduce to low heat and stir until dissolved
2 handfuls of dried hibiscus blossoms
Stir well, and simmer for 15 minutes.
Cool. Strain and discard blossoms
Transfer to a jar and keep refrigerated.
It's amazing in cocktail recipes, iced tea, berry sauces,

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  1. I can always find pomegranate molasses in the supermarket but would have no idea where to get dried hibiscus blossoms. That said, I can't recall ever seeing a recipe using hibiscus. But thanks for the information that one can substitute for the other.

    1. you can purchase dried hibiscus blossoms in supermarkets that carry Hispanic/Latino items.
      also the blossoms can be purchased online in teashops.

      the tea is sour and red without the sweetening.
      IMHO I don't think it would be a good substitute

      5 Replies
        1. re: jpr54_1

          I doubt whether we have any supermarkets that carry Hispanic items in my part of the world. Perhaps I should look out for them when I'm next in Spain.

          1. re: Harters

            sorry I didn't see your profile first.

            In Southern Florida we have a growing Mexican/ Caribbean/Central American population.

            We don't have as many Supermarkets that carry pomegranate molasses. It takes a little searching but it can be found or ordered online

            I know that London is not too close but I am sure you could find the blossoms there.

            1. re: jpr54_1

              Thanks - and also thanks for the email.

              We're actually planning to visit South Florida next year, so it can be a foody thing to look out for (we always like to visit local supermarkets when we travel)

              1. re: Harters

                If you are interested in hibiscus drinks, I believe you could look for Jamaica drink at Mexican places in the US. I'm in Canada where I am more likely to find "sorrel", the Jamaican version of this. Which isn't confusing terminology at all :) Although the Mexican version would be pronounced differently of course. Hibiscus also shows up in some herbal tea blends.
                I like it, done with enough sugar for a good sweet-tart balance.

        2. Once a week I meet with a group at Panera Bread. They have a hibiscus tea flavour. Sometimes it is sweetened and occasionally not.

          Kris now in DC/ NoVA