Pomegranate and Molasses Alternatives

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Pomegranate molasses is a syrup used in Middle Eastern cooking made from pomegranate juice, sugar and lemon. It's commonly used in preparing short ribs, eggplant moussaka and cupcakes. Pomegranate molasses can be found in Middle Eastern markets, but is not normally available in traditional supermarkets.

There are many alternatives that can be created to substitute for pomegranate molasses in recipes.


For recipes that call for pomegranate molasses, grenadine can be substituted as an alternative. Grenadine will provide the same bright red colour that the pomegranate portion of the molasses provides -- and the sugar in the grenadine makes it sweet like molasses.

Cranberry Juice Syrup

Making a syrup out of cranberry juice and sugar will create another suitable alternative to pomegranate molasses. Much like the grenadine, the cranberry will also provide a similar bright red colour. To make the syrup, combine 4 cups cranberry juice with 1/2 cup sugar and heat uncovered until the mixture reduces to 1 to 1-1/4 cups.

Prune juice

Although prune juice will not provide the bright red colour of the pomegranate molasses, it will provide a very sweet, but tart taste similar to the molasses. If the recipe you need the alternative for needs the molasses to be thick, then reduce the prune juice on the stove by boiling until the liquid has reduced by half.