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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.
My family and I enjoy other mocktails year-round: Virgin Pina Coladas, Cranberry Limeade Sparkling Mocktail, and Nonalcoholic Moscow Mule.
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 non-alcoholic 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:
- tall glasses
- grenadine syrup
- maraschino cherries
More Drink Recipes:
- Virgin Pina Colada Recipe
- Italian Soda
- Cranberry Limeade Sparkling Mocktail
- Pineapple Smoothie
- Christmas Punch
Shirley Temple Drink
- 3 Tablespoons non-alcoholic 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.
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Tayler Ross says
I was just looking for a fun and festive drink for the kids on New Year, and this is just perfect!
Renee Goerger says
I remember drinking Shirley Temples when I was a kid and thinking I was a big deal! LOL Thanks for the memories, and thanks for the recipe!
It’s been so long since I had a Shirley Temple! I felt so mature sipping it as a kid! haha. Such a fun drink for the holidays!
Jacque Hastert says
A great drink to serve the kiddos during the holidays.
I 100% agree! 🙂
Veena Azmanov says
I am feeling refreshed looking at this colorful and beautiful looking drink. Cant resist to grab this just now.
Such a happy looking drink. My kids love them!
We recently went on a cruise, and my daughters were introduced to Shirley Temple drinks. They loved them and asked for one each night. I’ve been wanting to make some at home for them as a special treat so thanks for the recipe.
I love this yummy drink! One of my favorites!
Your Shirley Temple drink recipe is perfect for festival drink. It’s looking very colorful and beautiful and super drinks. Thanks for sharing this great drink recipe.
Crystal Crone says
My family loved this for our get together this weekend. Will definitely be using this again.
So glad! It’s especially fun during the holidays!
What a beautiful fun and festive drink this is. Thanks for sharing.
Shirley Temples are such a classic! This recipe is so easy to whip together! Love it!
My family loved this mocktail!
I love Shirley Temple’s with gingerale, the old fashioned way! So fun to make a childhood favorite every now and then!
This is just what I was looking for. I’m having a little get-together this weekend with my friends. I’m going to serve my guest this. Looks elegant and refreshing.
I have Always Loved this drink. I just bought the stuff to make my own here at home. But sometimes when I go out and have had a rough day I will order one but have them add Vodka to it…. I think it’s called a Dirty Shirley Temple but No Orange Juice.