Shirley Temple Recipe

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Shirley Temple Drink is a classic non-alcoholic drink that’s perfect for everyone, no matter their age! at a restaurant. The combination of the sweet grenadine syrup, fizzy lemon-lime soda, and the garnish of maraschino cherries feels fancy and elegant.

tumbler of a red "Shirley-Temple" drink with ice cherries and garnish
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Making a Shirley Temple drink is a breeze and takes about one minute!  You start by filling a tall glass halfway with ice. Then pour the grenadine over the ice and finish up by adding the lemon lime soda (typically Sprite or 7UP). Oh and don’t forget to garnish with maraschino cherries too!

Shirley Temples are a pink, fizzy mocktail that are sweet and always in style. They are 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 or wedding.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  1. Kid-Friendly: Shirley Temples are often considered a “grown-up” drink for kids, making them feel special and included when adults are enjoying cocktails.
  2. Eye-Catching Presentation: Shirley Temples are typically garnished with maraschino cherries and sometimes a slice of orange or a lemon wedge. The bright red color and garnishes make the drink visually appealing and fun to consume.
  3. No Alcohol: For individuals who do not drink alcohol or prefer not to consume it, Shirley Temples provide an alternative that allows them to participate in social events without feeling left out.
  4. Low-Cost Option: Shirley Temples are usually less expensive than alcoholic cocktails, making them an economical choice for those on a budget.
aesthetic photo of a bottle of 'Rose's Grenadine" with tumblers of ice and garnish and a red "Shirley-Temple" drink

Recipe Ingredients:

  • Grenadine: this is just a flavored syrup but it’s the star! It’s what give the drink it’s characteristic color and flavor. More on grenadine below.
  • Ice: This is calculated in, you plan on it melting some to help balance out the sweetness of the syrup and 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.
top view tumbler of a red "Shirley-Temple" drink with ice cherries and garnish

While the classic Shirley Temple recipe is sure to please children and adults alike, there are a few fun and creative variations to try. Here are a few ideas to mix things up:

  1. Shirley Temple Black(Shirley’s married name) – A more grown-up version of the original, this recipe calls for black cherry soda instead of lemon-lime soda. Add grenadine, ice, and top with a cherry.
  2. Blue Shirley: Instead of using grenadine, use blue curacao for a fun blue twist on the classic drink.
  3. Dirty Shirley: Add a splash of vodka to your Shirley Temple for a little extra kick.
  4. Tropical Shirley: Use pineapple juice and orange juice instead of soda for a tropical twist.
  5. Raspberry Shirley: Add a splash of raspberry syrup to your Shirley Temple for a fruity and flavorful variation.
  6. Strawberry Shirley Temple – Mix strawberry syrup with lemon-lime soda and garnish with fresh strawberries for a refreshing summer mocktail.
  7. Roy Rogers – This mocktail is similar to a Shirley Temple but instead of grenadine, it uses cola. Simply add cola instead of lemon-lime soda to your glass of ice, and top with a cherry.

How to Make a Shirley Temple

  1. Grab a tall cup and fill it half full with ice – popular glasses include a narrow collins or highball. But our family parties often just sport SOLOs.
  2. Pour in the grenadine – this is the key to achieving the drink’s signature flavor and classic pink color.
  3. Add in your favorite lemon-lime soda and give it a gentle stir to combine all the flavors – you can use Sprite, 7up, or a generic alternative.
  4. Top it off with a maraschino cherry – other garnishes might include a slice of lime or lemon for a citrusy twist, or a bit of fresh mint for a refreshing herbal aroma. You might try a slice of orange or a few raspberries for some added color and flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is ginger ale or Sprite better for Shirley Temples?

I have made Shirley Temples using both Sprite (or 7UP) 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!

What is a mocktail?

A mocktail is a drink that doesn’t contain alcohol. It typically consists of a fruit juice mixed with a soda. 

Is there caffeine in a Shirley Temple?

This popular drink is alcohol free and contains no caffeine. It really is a great drink that everyone can enjoy and feel fancy.

Can I make a Shirley Temple without grenadine?

Grenadine is what gives the Shirley Temple its signature sweetness and tangy flavor – in addition to that classic pink color. Without grenadine, a Shirley Temple just wouldn’t be the same. So, if you want the real deal, be sure to add a splash of grenadine to your next Shirley Temple!
But if you’re in a pinch, cherry syrup or raspberry syrup can work. You can also make your own grenadine with pomegranate juice. Or make a simple syrup and add a couple drops of red food coloring.

round tumbler of a red "Shirley-Temple" drink with ice cherries and garnish

Expert Tips

  • 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.

What is grenadine? 

Grenadine is the star of the show in Shirley Temple drinks. The name “grenadine” originates from the French word grenade, which means pomegranate, which come from the Latin grānātum “seeded.” Grenadine is a fruit syrup that is traditionally made from pomegranate juice and sugar. Today, the typical store bought version (Rose’s or Torani) are just a very sweet flavored syrup with a slight pomegranate flavor. Kids love Shirley Temples made with these grenadines! You find them with the other drink mixers (like margarita mix) at the grocery store. If you want a more adult version of your Shirley Temple drink, you’ll want to go the more authentic route. Liber & Co make an excellent grenadine made from pomegranates, cane sugar, and orange flower water.

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tumbler of a red "Shirley-Temple" drink with ice cherries and garnish
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Shirley Temple Recipe

Indulge in nostalgia with our Shirley Temple recipe! A blend of lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, and grenadine delivers the perfect balance of sweetness and fizz. Whether you're hosting a party or simply craving a refreshing treat, our Shirley Temple is sure to delight taste buds of all ages.
Prep: 3 minutes
Total: 3 minutes
Servings: 1 serving

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 1 ounce grenadine,, about 2 tablespoons
  • 8 ounces lemon-lime soda,, or ginger ale – or a mixture of the two, chilled
  • maraschino cherries and mint sprigs,, for garnish

Instructions 

  • 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.

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Notes

  • 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.
  • For more tips and variations, please refer to the full article.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 Drink, Calories: 169kcal, Carbohydrates: 43g, Protein: 0.2g, Sodium: 42mg, Potassium: 10mg, Sugar: 36g, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 0.1mg
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