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close up shot of glasses of Shirley Temple garnished with cherries and lime slices
The Shirley Temple is a classic fizzy drink with a vibrant red color that evokes childhood memories for many. Make this colorful and cheerful drink at home with only a few simple ingredients to turn every day into something to celebrate.
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A Shirley Temple is a pretty sparkling drink with a lovely crimson color that can turn any meal into something special. It is made with a bubbly combination of ginger ale, sweet grenadine syrup and finished off with a cherry; this is a fun drink for everyone from little kids to grown-ups alike. 

Try a few of our other alcohol-free cocktails for all ages. Check out our easy recipe for pineapple lemonade and homemade raspberry lemonade.


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SHIRLEY TEMPLE INGREDIENTS

You will need:

  • 1 fluid ounce grenadine
  • 8 fluid ounce ginger ale
  • Fresh lime juice from one lime
  • maraschino cherries
  • Ice cubes
  • orange slice / lime wedges (for garnish), optional

Pro Tip: Rose’s Grenadine Syrup will be your best bet if these cocktails are for kids, as it has a very sugary sweet taste. If you are making this for adults with a more seasoned palate, there are other types of grenadine out there which you will find behind most bars – the ingredients are more complex using Pomegranate juice.

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Alcohol: You can modify this drink into an adult version called a “Dirty Shirley” by adding vodka or light rum.

Soda: Modern versions of this drink often use lemon lime soda in place of the ginger ale, either is fine and will give you the fizzy base you need. You could also use club soda if that is what you have on hand.

Orange Juice: You will find versions of this favorite drink that will add a splash of orange juice and make it even more colorful and fruity with a refreshing citrus flavor.

Grenadine: While grenadine is an important part of this drink, you could use the maraschino cherry juice from your jar of cherries in a pinch if you can’t find grenadine at the grocery store. It’s not quite as sweet but will still give your drink the pink color.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS SHIRLEY TEMPLE RECIPE

PRO TIP: The typical ratio for this classic cocktail is 1:8. If you are using a bigger glass, for example, a mason jar, double the recipe and retain the 1:8 ratio.

STEP ONE: Fill your chosen glass with ice – a favorite is a Collins glass, highball glass or a tumbler.

STEP TWO: Add 1 fluid ounce of grenadine to the glass over the ice.

STEP THREE: Squeeze the juice from the lime into the glass.

STEP FOUR: Add 8 fluid ounces of ginger ale.

STEP FIVE: Decorate with maraschino cherries and slices of lime on the rim of the glass.

PRO TIP: Add a pretty straw to your delicious drinks to add to the charm.

HOW TO SERVE

This non-alcoholic drink is the perfect way to celebrate special occasions where there will be little people in attendance. They always love to feel grown-up, and this original mocktail will do the trick.

Add snacks to your fun with our fruit salsa and cinnamon chips and chips with chip dip.

STORAGE

A Shirley Temple cocktail will need to be consumed immediately due to the melting ice.

Make-Ahead: You could make the cocktail ahead in a punch bowl and add the ice as the drink is being poured. It’s the ice melting into the cocktail that will water down the flavor/fizz over time.

A Shirley Temple drink brings back so many memories of grand big city adventures with my grandmother as a child. I’m sure many others have similar stories associated with these classic fruity sparkling drinks. Just a few ingredients will help take an everyday meal at home and turn it into a celebration with this perfect drink.

FAQ

Can I substitute grenadine with another syrup?

Torani Syrup has a pomegranate syrup that would be a great option in place of the grenadine.

Could I make this drink ahead of time for a party?

You can make this simple recipe ahead, just wait to add the ice until you are ready to serve it so that it doesn’t get watered down.

What type of glass should I serve the Shirley Temple drink recipe in?

We recommend either a Collins glass or a tumbler, but any type of cocktail glass would work.

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close up shot of glasses of Shirley Temple garnished with cherries and lime slices

Shirley Temple

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The Shirley Temple is a classic fizzy drink with a vibrant red color that evokes childhood memories for many. Make this colorful and cheerful drink at home with only a few simple ingredients to turn every day into something to celebrate.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail

Ingredients
  

  • 1 fluid ounce grenadine
  • 8 fluid ounce ginger ale
  • 1 lime juice
  • ice
  • maraschino cherries optional garnish
  • lime wedges optional garnish

Instructions
 

  • Fill your chosen glass with ice – a favorite is a Collins glass or a tumbler.
  • Add 1 fluid ounce of grenadine to the glass over the ice.
  • Squeeze the juice from the lime into the glass.
  • Add 8 fluid ounces of ginger ale.
  • Decorate with maraschino cherries and slices of lime.

Nutrition

Calories: 167kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 25mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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