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Shirley Temple Drink

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posted: 12/22/22

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The classic Shirley Temple drink from your childhood is so easy to make. This great non alcoholic drink is perfect for special occasions.

close up of a high ball glass filled with ice and a Shirley Temple

Beginning years ago, whenever our family goes on vacation, I bring a bottle of grenadine, some lemon lime soda, and a bottle of maraschino cherries. Getting to have Shirley Temples on vacation is one of my kids’ favorite traditions. Isn’t it great when something so simple can bring so much joy and great memories?

This would be a great drink to make for the kids for New Year’s Eve. But it would also be perfect any time you are having a fancy dinner in or celebrating a special occasion. I even have some fun party snacks listed at the bottom of the post to go with this.

pouring grenadine into a glass filled with ice to make a Shirley Temple recipe

How to Make a Shirley Temple

This is just a brief overview of this recipe. For the full recipe with all of the measurements, please find the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  1. Fill a glass with ice. What you see here is a double. When I make the for the kids, we usually use small glasses.
  2. Add in the grenadine. The perfect ratio of a Shirley Temple is 1 ounce of grenadine to four ounces of lemon lime soda or ginger ale.
  3. Top with soda. As mentioned in the last step, you can use lemon lime soda (like sprite or 7UP) for this or you can use ginger ale.
  4. Add in maraschino cherries. If you are like my kids you will require at least five.
  5. Throw in a fun straw. My kids are crazy for these paper straws. In their minds, they are the ultimate way to make a drink fancy.
pouring sprite over grenadine to make a Shirley Temple

What is Grenadine?

Grenadine is a non alcoholic flavored simple syrup that you can purchase in the liquor department of any grocery store. Originally it was made with pomegranate juice. More modern iterations of grenadine do not have a pomegranate flavor and are often used in cherry drinks.

Making a Shirley Temple Drink without Grenadine

We have family members who are sensitive to Red 40, which is abundant in grenadine. We often try to avoid it or make a replacement. If you are in the same predicament, you might enjoy making a cherry simple syrup.

  1. In a food processor or blender, puree 12 ounces frozen cherries (that have been thawed) and 1 cup water together so that the cherries are very fine.
  2. In a saucepan over low heat, bring the mixture, an additional 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of sugar to a low boil, stirring consistently. Simmer until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  3. Strain the mixture and allow to cool.

This homemade syrup can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Or you can freeze it in 1 ounce servings so that you can make this Shirley Temple recipe whenever the mood strikes.

stirring a Shirley Temple drin

Dirty Shirley Temple

If you want to make this an adult drink, or a Dirty Shirley Temple, you need to just add a little vodka. Two ounces is the perfect amount for us, but you may want to start with one ounce, taste it and adjust.

Shirley Temple Black

Did you know that when Shirley Temple got married her new name became Shirley Temple Black? When that happened, there was a new drink named after her. The Shirley Temple Black is the regular Shirley Temple with 2 ounces of black rum added to it. Of all the Temples, this one is my favorite.


What is a Shirley Temple?

The Shirley Temple drink is a fun non alcoholic beverage. Claims have been made that it was created to serve to Shirley Temple herself when she was a child. Shirley Temple is quoted as having said that not only did she not like the drink, she had nothing to do with it’s creation.

What’s in a Shirley Temple?

Traditionally it is made with ginger ale and grenadine. In more recent times the ginger ale has been replaced with lemon lime soda.

Does Shirley Temple have alcohol?

No, it does not. That being said, there are two variations on this drink that do contain alcohol, and they are listed above with instructions on how to make them.

two high ball glasses filled with Shirley Temple drink and topped with a cherry and stripped straws

Fun Snacks to Serve Alongside

If you make this Shirley Temple recipe, or any of my other recipes, leave me a comment letting me know what you think!

close up of a high ball glass filled with ice and a Shirley Temple
5 from 6 votes

Shirley Temple

Serves: 1 drink
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
The classic Shirley Temple drink from your childhood is so easy to make. This great non alcoholic drink is perfect for special occasions.


  • 1 ounce grenadine (read my notes in the post about replacing this with homemade cherry simple syrup)
  • 4 ounces ginger ale or lemon lime soda (such as Sprite or 7UP)
  • maraschino cherries for garnish


  • Fill a tumbler with ice (what you see pictured is a double). Add in the grenadine and then the soda.
  • Stir gently to combine. Top with maraschino cherries and serve.
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Drinks
close up of a high ball glass filled with ice and a Shirley Temple

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  1. Kathie says

    5 stars
    I remember getting these has a child with my grandma. They are yummy

    • Lisa Longley says

      I love the great memories attached to this drink!

  2. Yvonne says

    I love how easy it is to get to your delicious recipes! I’m am very happy with your site

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear that, Yvonne! Thank you for taking the time to come back and tell me!

  3. Suzanne says

    5 stars
    One suggestion. I worked my way thru college as a bartender. The rule was always put the ingredients in by weight. So with this recipe it would be soda first, then grenadine, as the grenadine is heavier. It helps the drink blend better. Still make these at home from time to time!

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