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  1. Hi, I made my first batch of grenadine a few months ago and will never go back. It was very simple: 1 cup juice, 1/4th cup sugar, reduced to 1/2cup, and bottle. No lemon, no rose water, no vanilla. Planning to try those soon. But I am someone who will have a week of drinking XYZ and then a week or two of drinking something else, and I'd like to KNOW that my grenadine will be refrigerator stable for at least a few months. Can anyone tell me how much vodka or Everclear I should add to be certain that I'm going to kill lingering bacteria? I know it will be sweet, and I will probably make it even sweeter using some of these above recipes. But I like knowing that the alcohol is going to kill anything that might try to grow. If I have 8oz of liquid, will 1oz be enough? Ideally I'd like to know the biological or chemical ratio, something that will apply for non-grenadine liquids as well. Bitters, extracts, etc. I also posted this elsewhere, apologies, before finding this thread -- seems like this will be a good place to find experts. :-) Thanks so much for any and all help!!!
  2. First time poster here, thank you for reading: I've recently become a convert to making homemade grenadine, with pomegranate juice and sugar. It's tasty, but a bit time consuming and I'd like to add some vodka as a preservative. Ideally, I'll add the minimum required to retard/eliminate spoilage. Can anyone tell me how much vodka would be needed to preserve 1 cupful of grenadine? It starts out as 2 cups pomegranate juice and 1/2 cup sugar, then reduces by about a half. So it's pretty sugary. Just not enough (I suspect) to keep indefinitely. Thank you!!!!
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