Here’s Why Pomegranate Molasses Will Be Your New Secret Weapon

There are so many ways to use this sweet Mediterranean syrup, from cocktails to sauces and marinades.

I tried pomegranate molasses for the first time not too long ago. It’s a wonderful syrup—and one of our secret ingredients that can transform your food in an instant!

What Is Pomegranate Molasses?

It’s a syrup made from boiled pomegranate juice. It has a thick consistency and a sweet-sour flavor. Like balsamic vinegar, a small drizzle goes a long way, so one bottle of pomegranate molasses might last forever!

Fortunately, this syrup can be added to almost any recipe because of its ability to intensify other flavors. It also adds complexity to anything from cocktails to sauces and marinades. It’s rich and sweet, but doesn’t taste overly fruity thanks to an intoxicating aroma. Use pomegranate molasses when you’re looking to add a burst of acidity to your meal.

Where to Buy It

You can find pomegranate molasses at most grocery stores in the international aisle, and it’s readily available at Middle Eastern specialty stores. You could also order a bottle on Amazon.

How to Make Pomegranate Molasses

It costs $10-$14 for a small bottle, so it may make more sense to DIY. It’s as easy as simmering pure pomegranate juice until it’s reduced by a third (3 cups of pomegranate juice will make 1 cup of syrup). Some people add sugar and lemon juice for extra sweetness and tang, although it’s not necessary.

Once the bubbles turn thick and viscous and the syrup coats the back of the spoon, it’s ready! Cool and store in the refrigerator for up to six months.

You might want to keep pomegranate juice on hand, too—here’s why.

How to Use Pomegranate Molasses

Do you have some of the stuff left over from a recipe that used only a tablespoon? I feel your pain: I have a cupboard full of specialty ingredients. Luckily, there are a few ways to use this deliciously tangy syrup:

  • Stir into your favorite hummus recipe
  • Dissolve into drinks like iced tea
  • Make homemade sodas by simply stirring it into sparkling water
  • Add a tablespoon to your favorite homemade salad dressings or marinades for a touch of sweetness and a ton of depth
  • Brush the syrup directly onto chicken, carrots or cauliflower to create a flavorful glaze

Don’t restrict your drizzle to savory foods, either; the syrup also pairs exceptionally well with desserts like ice cream, cheesecake or rich and decadent mousse.

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Lindsay D. Mattison
Lindsay is a professional chef, recipe developer, writer and developmental editor. After years of working in restaurant kitchens, she turned to writing to share her skills and experience with home cooks and food enthusiasts. She's passionate about using local, organic ingredients and teaching others how to incorporate seasonal food into their diet. Lindsay still cooks professionally for pop-up events, writes for several publications and is the co-author of two books about Ayurveda.