I remember being with a childhood friend when she ordered a Shirley Temple drink at a restaurant. It looked so fun and fancy and I wished I had ordered one too, but I wasn’t sure what was even in it! Shirley Temple Drink is a classic mixed drink with no alcohol that is so enjoyable for all ages!
DIY mocktails are easy to make and look so pretty too. Shirley Temples are made with a mix of sweet grenadine, Sprite, ice and garnished with maraschino cherries. It is such a fun and festive drink to serve at parties or a special occasion.
Shirley Temple Drink
Making a Shirley Temple drink takes about 1 minute! You start by filling a tall glass halfway with ice. Then pour the grenadine over the ice and finish up by adding the Sprite. Oh and don’t forget to garnish with maraschino cherries too!
History of the Shirley Temple Drink:
This famous non-alcoholic drink was named after the famous child actress-Shirley Temple. In the 1930s, a bartender created this drink for her so she could feel grown up and special when she attended parties and dined with adults. It is still a popular drink order today.
Shirley Temples are a pink, fizzy mocktail that is sweet and always in style. This is a great drink to make year-round. You can make just one drink, several, or you can make a big batch to serve at a party.
Ingredients in a Shirley Temple:
- Grenadine: this is just a flavored syrup but it's the star! It's what give the drink it's characteristic color and flavor.
- Ice: This is calculated in, you plan on it melting some to help balance out the sweetness of the syrup + soda.
- Soda Pop: you can use any lemon lime or ginger ale soda that you like or a combination of the two
- Maraschino cherry (or two): going with that pretty reddish-pink theme, the maraschino cherry is the classic garnish and just looks so good.
What is grenadine?
Grenadine is the star of the show in Shirley Temple drinks. It is a fruit syrup that used to be made from pomegranate juice, everything I could find now is just a flavored syrup with a slight pomegranate flavor. It is deep red in color, sweet and tangy to the taste. You can find it near other drink mixers (like margarita mix) at the grocery store.
Frequently Asked Questions:
I have made Shirley Temples using both Sprite and ginger ale and they taste similar. Ginger ale was used in the original Shirley Temple but now a lot of people make them with any light colored soda. I say-do whatever you prefer!
A mocktail is a drink that doesn’t contain alcohol. It typically consists of a fruit juice mixed with a soda.
This popular drink is alcohol free and contains no caffeine. It really is a great drink that everyone can enjoy and feel fancy.
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- 1 cup ice cubes
- 1 ounce grenadine (about 2 tablespoons)
- 8 ounces ginger ale or lemon-lime soda (or a mixture of the two), chilled
- maraschino cherries and mint sprigs , for garnish
- Add the ice to a cup and then pour the grenadine over the ice.
- Add the soda of your choice and stir gently to combine.
- Add a maraschino cherry to the top of the glass and a sprig of mint if you'd like.
- Serve right away.
- Need more than a few Shirley Temples? Try making a Shirley Temple Party Punch, here's the recipe: Add 6 cups ice, 1 (12-ounce) bottle Grenadine, and 1 bottle each (2 liters each) of lemon-lime soda and ginger ale to a large serving bowl and stir gentle to combine! Top with a whole jar of maraschino cherries without any stems and serve it like any other party punch. It's always a huge hit and the color is so pretty!
- Use what soda you like or have on hand. You can do all lemon-lime or all ginger ale or do a mix of the two. I prefer all ginger ale.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Category: drinks
- Method: no bake
- Cuisine: American
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If you are looking for a fun drink to serve at your next party try mixing up a Shirley Temple mocktail. It is refreshing to drink and looks cute to boot!