This Shirley Temple drink recipe is perfect for year-round enjoyment. It’s super simple to make, and it’s such a fun party drink for kids and grownups alike. Come find out how to make a Shirley Temple with my easy recipe.
This drink recipe makes one serving and costs about $1.13 to make. You can easily double, triple, or multiple this recipe as many times as needed for parties.
I remember that I was around 8-years-old the first time I ever had a Shirley Temple Drink. My family and I were at a wedding with an open bar. I remember my sister and I made at least a dozen trips each to the bar because we loved the sweet drink and, of course, the maraschino cherries!
It’s been quite a few years since my first Shirley Temple drink, and I still find myself ordering them at restaurants and parties. Sure they’re mocktails initially made for kids, but there’s something about the super sweet cherry drink that has kept me coming back for more. Maybe it’s nostalgia, or perhaps it’s the high fructose corn syrup, either way, I love them!
I love whipping up these little Shirley Temple drink mocktails any time of the year, especially during the summer and holiday season. They’re so pretty, and grownups and kids alike love them!
Traditional Shirley Temple Drink:
When the Shirley Temple drink was first invented sometime during the 1930s was initially served with ginger ale, a splash of grenadine, and garnished with a maraschino cherry.
Today, the Modern Sherry Temple served at most restaurants is often served with lemon-lime soda or lemonade and a splash of grenadine and garnished with a maraschino cherry. Sometimes a splash of orange juice is added, too.
Ingredients and Cost
- Ice – $0.00
- 3 Tablespoons grenadine – $0.41
- 8 ounces lemon-lime soda, Sprite or 7-Up – $0.72
NOTE: The recipe prices are used calculating name brand products from Walmart’s website. The actual cost of the recipe will vary depending on your pantry and current grocery prices.
These drinks are super simple to make, and you can often whip them up in just 1 minute.
- First, fill a tall glass halfway with ice.
- Then, pour the grenadine over the ice, followed by the lemon-lime soda.
- Finally, garnish with maraschino cherries and serve.
- Sometimes I like to turn this drink into a punch for the holidays. Here’s how:
- First, add 2 pounds of ice to a punch bowl.
- Then, pour 8-10 ounces of grenadine syrup over the ice, followed by a 2-liter bottle of lemon-lime soda.
- Next, add a bunch of maraschino cherries into the punch bowl.
- Finally, float some scoops of lemon sherbet scoops in the punch bowl and serve!
Originally it was made with ginger ale. The modern Shirley Temple drink is made with lemon-lime soda like Sprite and 7up and grenadine syrup.
This drink is named for the child actress of the 1930’s, Shirley Temple. Rumor has it that she was out to dinner one evening and with her parents and other adults. The bartender made her this non-alcoholic drink to have a fancy drink along with the other adults at the table.
No, grenadine is a non-alcoholic syrup made from pomegranate juice.
Grenadine is sweet, tart, and fruity and made from pomegranate juice, which tastes like pomegranates.
It is called grenadine because pomegranate in French is grenade.
Cook’s Tools and Ingredients:
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Shirley Temple Drink
- 3 Tablespoons grenadine
- 7-8 ounces lemon-lime soda Sprite or 7-Up
- Maraschino cherries for garnish optional
- Fill a tall glass halfway with ice. Pour the grenadine over the ice followed by the lemon-lime soda.
- Garnish with marching cherries and serve.