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Shirley Temple

Published on 3 July 2022 at 18:23

Learn How to Make a Shirley Temple drink perfect for hot summer days. Perfectly refreshing with the taste of cherry that everyone will enjoy including the kids.

Make this fun and classic Shirley Temple Recipe for all ages! Easy, pretty, and refreshing while being safe for kids and adults alike since it has zero alcohol.

How to Make a Shirley Temple 

Prep Time: 2 Minutes
Serves: 1



  1. Fill your cup with ice (if desired, this is a preference).
  2. Pour in the lemon lime soda and chase it with the grenadine.
  3. Lightly stir, top with the cherry, and enjoy!

Shirley Temple Recipe Tips

  • For an extra addition to flavor and for another garnish, you can add a lemon slice.
  • You can swap out half of the lemon lime soda for ginger ale, for another variation.
  • If you would like to see the grenadine sit down in more of its own layer, for presentation's sake, you’ll want to slightly tilt the glass and pour it down the side. You’ll want to stir it before drinking though. If not, you’ll basically be drinking lemon lime soda, or sucking up all grenadine, if using a straw. Ew, not fun.
  • To make this a dirty shirley, take away an ounce of the soda and replace it with an ounce of vodka.

Is grenadine non-alcoholic?

Yes. Grenadine is a fruit syrup that’s used to sweeten and color mixed drinks, like the Shirley Temple. It can be found in most grocery stores with other syrups like simple syrup.

Grenadine is red in color, but it doesn’t have any alcohol in it. Unlike red wine or cherry brandy, which are also red, this colorful syrup has zero alcohol in it. It’s just a fruit-flavored syrup that’s sweet and tart at the same time, without being too heavy.

Grenadine is the main star of the show for this Shirley Temple Recipe. It adds that classic red color and is the overall flavor for this classic mocktail.

Why is it called a Shirley Temple cocktail?

This Shirley Temple Recipe was named after the famous child actress Shirley Temple. She became a household name in her time and is still quite popular today with fans of the Golden Age of Hollywood.

The original version of the Shirley Temple kid cocktail contains grenadine, ginger ale, and orange juice. This drink has become one of the most requested mocktails at restaurants and bars. There are even variations of this cocktail that include ice cream or sparkling water to make it more refreshing for the hot weather, while still remaining non-alcoholic.

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