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Shirley Temple Drink

Enjoy the nostalgia of a classic Shirley Temple drink with a few simple ingredients. The non-alcoholic drink is perfect for entertaining kids and adults alike. Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking for a delicious beverage to enjoy on a hot day, Shirley Temple’s are the way to go – and while you’re at it, try one of these mocktail recipes!

Four glasses of the shirley temple drink garnished with fresh mint.

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Ginger Ale: I use ginger ale to make the Shirley Temple drink. You can also use ginger beer, Sprite, or 7-Up.
  • Grenadine: Sweet grenadine adds the signature color and flavor to the Shirley Temple recipe. Purchase the mixture in the grocery store or make homemade grenadine.
  • Maraschino Cherries: Garnish the drink with a few maraschino cherries.

How to Make a Shirley Temple Drink

The full recipe with measurements is in the recipe card below.

Step 1: Fill a drinking glass with ice.

A glass filled with ice and ginger ale.

Step 2: Add grenadine and top it with ginger ale.

A glass filled with ice, ginger ale, and grenadine.

Step 3: Garnish with maraschino cherries to serve.

A cherry held over the shirley temple drink.

How to Garnish the Shirley Temple Drink

  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Lime Wheels
  • Fresh Mint

What to do with the Leftovers

What is in a Shirley Temple drink?

A bottle of grenadine next to mint and cherries.

You need three simple ingredients to make this drink: ginger ale, grenadine, and maraschino cherries. Modern versions of the drink also incorporate lemonade or lemon-lime sodas like Sprite or 7-Up in place of ginger ale.

Why is it called a Shirley Temple cocktail?

The famous actress Shirley Temple attended many parties as a child. Rumor has it that because of her age, a bartender created a mocktail just for her using ingredients found behind the bar.

What does a Shirley Temple taste like?

A Shirley Temple is a refreshing drink with a hint of ginger from the ginger ale, complemented by the fruity notes of cherry and pomegranate from the grenadine syrup. The cherry garnish rounds out the drink perfectly.

How can I serve this drink to a crowd?

Shirley Temple punch is just the thing for any party or get-together you’re throwing; this recipe yields about 15-20 cups.
1. Fill a punch bowl with ice, about 6 cups.
2. Add a 12-ounce bottle of grenadine and top it with two 2-liter bottles of ginger ale. Gently stir to combine.
3. Garnish with maraschino cherries to serve.

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Shirley Temple Drink

Tressa Jamil
Enjoy a classic Shirley Temple drink with simple ingredients. The non-alcoholic beverage is perfect for entertaining kids and adults alike.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Drink
Calories 131 kcal
  • Drinking Glass
  • 8 ounces ginger ale
  • 1-2 tablespoons grenadine
  • 1 cup ice
  • maraschino cherries, to garnish
  • Fill a drinking glass with ice.
  • Add grenadine and top it with ginger ale, then give it a little stir.
  • Garnish with maraschino cherries to serve.
Nutrition Disclosure:
  • The nutritional information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for professional advice.
Serving: 1 Drink | Calories: 131 kcal | Carbohydrates: 33 g | Sodium: 33 mg | Potassium: 8 mg | Sugar: 29 g | Calcium: 15 mg
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