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Shirley Temple Drink

Shirley Temple Drink – Indulge in the nostalgia of a classic Shirley Temple drink; with a few simple ingredients, this non-alcoholic beverage is perfect for entertaining kids and adults alike. Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking for a delicious non-alcoholic 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.


  • Ginger Ale: I use ginger ale to make our Shirley Temple drink. However, you can also use ginger beer, Sprite, 7-Up, or other lemon-lime sodas. Some recipes even use a combination of ginger ale and Sprite or 7-Up.
  • Grenadine: Sweet grenadine adds the signature color and flavor to our Shirley Temple recipe. Purchase a store-bought grenadine or follow this recipe for grenadine (pomegranate simple syrup) and make your own!
  • Maraschino Cherries: Garnish the drink with a few maraschino cherries.


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

Fill a drinking glass with ice.

A glass filled with ice and ginger ale.

Add grenadine and top it with ginger ale.

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

Garnish with maraschino cherries to serve.

A cherry held over the shirley temple drink.


If you love this recipe, try one of these appetizer favorites.

Hands holding a glass of the shirley temple drink topped with mint.


  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Lime Wheels
  • Fresh Mint


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
Indulge in a classic Shirley Temple drink mocktail; with simple ingredients, this non-alcoholic drink is perfect for entertaining kids and adults.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 Drink
Calories 202 kcal
  • Drinking Glass
  • 8 ounces ginger ale
  • 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: 202 kcal | Carbohydrates: 54 g | Sodium: 27 mg
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