Roy Rogers

Published on 4 July 2022 at 20:29

Roy Rogers

A classic beverage that is loved by many, the Roy Rogers is a delicious mix of cola and grenadine topped with maraschino cherries. Both kids and adults love this tasty, carbonated mocktail.

Who is a Roy Rogers? 

Roy Rogers was a singer and actor in the 1900’s who was known for Western movie roles. Roy Rogers has a restaurant chain named after him, along with this mocktail.

Why is the Roy Rogers drink named after Roy Rogers?

A Roy Rogers Mocktail with Cherries is a non-alcoholic drink named after the cowboy singer and actor by the same name. The drink was created as the little boy’s variation of the Shirley Temple non-alcoholic drink.

When I was younger, it would be a treat to order a Roy Rogers Mocktail with Cherries or a Shirley Temple when our family dined out. Both are a fun treat that taste great for kids or adults to pair with an amazing cheeseburger and french fries. Yum! 

What is grenadine?

Grenadine is a red non-alcoholic syrup with a sweet tart flavor, commonly used in cocktails and mocktails. It’s made from pomegranate juice and has a long history of use in cocktails and bartending.

Is a Roy Rogers just a cherry Coke?

Though it’s sometimes called a cherry cola, the Roy Rogers Mocktail with Cherries is not cherry flavored. Good grenadine is actually flavored with pomegranate. It adds a fruity sweetness to the average cola and there are a few things you can do to make the drink just a little better. This drink is topped with cherries but it no flavored with cherries within the drink itself.

What’s the difference between a Shirley Temple drink and a Roy Rogers drink?

They are two different non-alcoholic drinks, but they are similar. A Roy Rogers is made with cola and a Shirley Temple is made with ginger ale or lemon-lime soda, but they both have grenadine. If you’re having a party, you can have both cola and ginger ale and let your guests make the drink of their choice!

How to Make a Roy Rogers 

Ingredients 

  • Cola (Coca-Cola is preferred)
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Grenadine
  • Ice Cubes

What is the alcoholic version of Roy Rogers?

You can also turn this Roy Rogers recipe into an adult beverage with the addition of bourbon or vodka.

Fill a glass with ice and halfway with cola. Pour in the grenadine and vodka and top with more cola. Stir and enjoy. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, of course.

Directions

  • Fill a glass with ice cubes
  • Pour in 1/2-1 ounce of grenadine onto the glass
  • Top off with cola (I prefer Coca-Cola)
  • Garnish with a cherry (or three)
  • Serve and enjoy

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