Shirley Temple Recipe

Something as pretty, pink, and irresistibly fizzy as the Shirley Temple turns any occasion into a celebration. It makes the perfect holiday beverage for every age and walk of life; plus, the extra cherries make things even merrier!

Serve Shirley Temples with Fruit Punch, or a big pitcher of your favorite pick from 8 Infused Water Recipes to make non-imbibers of every age feel welcome. For everyone else, have a peek at these classic cocktail recipes to get the party going!

A side shot of Shirley temples in three clear glasses with a clear bowl filled with cherries.
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For the adults, you can make things a little more exciting by adding your choice of something stronger, like vodka or light rum, something called a Dirty Shirley.

Either way, a kiddie cocktail like a Shirley Temple is one of the easiest and most refreshing non-alcoholic drinks out there, and it’s a surefire way to get a big, pink grin out of the little kid you adore.

Making Shirley Temple drinks for a pint-sized birthday bash? Click and slide the number next to “servings” on the recipe card below to adjust the ingredients to match how many you’re feeding—the recipe does the math for you, it’s that easy.

Shirley Temple Ingredients: 

For generations, the original Shirley Temple recipe served in the 1930s was made with a glass of ginger ale over ice and grenadine—sometimes with a splash of orange juice for color.

Today, restaurants and bars all over the world make it with something with a little more “pop”: lemon-lime soda. But as long as it’s bubbly, it tastes great with either.

Here’s what you need to make a Shirley Temple cocktail. It’s just two main ingredients.

  • Grenadine. You know it and love it! You can buy it by the bottle or use the juice from a jar of maraschino cherries.
  • Lemon-lime soda. 7UP, Sprite, or your favorite brand.
  • Ice. And lots of it, because you’ll be making refills.
  • Maraschino cherries. For garnish.
    Something as pretty, pink, and irresistibly fizzy as the Shirley Temple turns any occasion into a celebration. It makes the perfect holiday beverage for every age and walk of life; plus, the extra cherries make things even merrier!

How to make a Shirley Temple drink:

First, you have to find your best Shirley Temple glasses. Choose something super festive, the sparklier the better. Cut crystal, high ball, Solo cup, or sippy cup.

Depending on the size of your cups and the age of your kids, adjust the amount of grenadine as you prepare the drinks. A ratio of 1 ounce grenadine-to-8 ounces of soda is a good ratio, but by all means, use more (or less) if you want to.

  1. Fill the glass with ice, then pour in about 1 ounce of grenadine over the ice.
  2. Next, top the glass off with the lemon lime soda or ginger ale.
    Something as pretty, pink, and irresistibly fizzy as the Shirley Temple turns any occasion into a celebration. It makes the perfect holiday beverage for every age and walk of life; plus, the extra cherries make things even merrier!
  3. Don’t forget the cherries! The more, the cherrier.

How to make a Shirley Temple with Alcohol:

The childhood star who this drink is named after grew up, and so can the recipe! A Dirty Shirley does just that, mixing a basic Shirley Temple recipe with vodka for a sweetly thrilling cocktail.

  1. Fill the glass with ice, then pour in about 1 ounce of vodka over the ice.
  2. Next, top the glass off with the lemon lime soda or ginger ale.
  3. Drizzle the grenadine to taste over the cocktail. Give everything a good stir.
  4. Don’t forget the cherries! And maybe a cute little umbrella.
    Something as pretty, pink, and irresistibly fizzy as the Shirley Temple turns any occasion into a celebration. It makes the perfect holiday beverage for every age and walk of life; plus, the extra cherries make things even merrier!

How to make a Roy Rogers:

Like a Shirley Temple, a Roy Rogers is another non-alchololic soda drink that kids and adults love. A Roy Rogers uses cola—which usually has caffeine—in place of the ginger ale or lemon-lime soda, but it keeps the grenadine and the cherries. Love Cherry Coke? Well, Roy Rogers is Cherry Coke's great-grandpa.

As you may imagine, it gives you a little double jolt of energy!

Where can you buy grenadine?

Grenadine can be found sold by the bottle in well-stocked grocery stores or any liquor store. If you buy a jar of maraschino cherries, you can use the juice from the jar--that's grenadine, too.

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Shirley Temple Recipe

Something as pretty, pink, and irresistibly fizzy as the Shirley Temple turns any occasion into a celebration. It makes the perfect holiday beverage for every age and walk of life; plus, the extra cherries make things even merrier!
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword cherries
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 8 servings
Calories 218kcal
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle Grenadine
  • Ice
  • 1 (2 Liter) bottle lemon-lime soda
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish, optional
  • Pour 1 ounce Grenadine over ice in a glass. Top with 8 ounces lemon-lime soda. Garnish with maraschino cherries if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 218kcal

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  1. Michele

    I make a Shirley Temple Punch at Christmas and use a big punch bowl. (It’s actually a “Dirty Shirley” punch because I add vodka to it!) Either way, virgin or dirty, what I think is key is making ice cubes with 7-Up. I assemble the punch as the guests start arriving – cold 7-Up, grenadine, (vodka) and maraschino cherries – then to keep it cold for a while, I dump in 2 trays of 7-Up ice cubes. Adjust to taste. No watered down punch from melting (water) ice cubes. Making it again this year too – It’s super festive and looks so pretty all set up on the bar / counter!

  2. Sondrea

    Was reading your replies to London and Tiffany regarding making this as a punch. You mentioned doing something fun like putting the cherries in the ice cubes. Got me thinking…why not make some that you pour into ice cube trays and drop a cherry into each one. (A standard ice cube tray uses about 1 ounce liquid per cube, so your posted recipe would make 9 cubes, actually more if you put a cherry garnish in each one, as you’d use less liquid per cube.) This way you get cute ice cube decorations that won’t dilute the punch as they melt. :)

    1. meggan

      Hi Sondrea, this is such a cute idea! I want to photograph the punch separately for another blog post because people ask about it so much, so I might just steal your idea. :) Thank you so much! Take care! -Meggan

  3. Tiffany

    This might be a stupid question but can i mix the whole 2 liter and bottle of grenadine together in a punch bowl or pitcher , so we dont have to make individual or will it not stay mixed good ? My daughter is having a cooking party and wants this as the beverage. She is telling everyone “shirley temple punch”

    1. meggan

      Hi Tiffany! YES. Mix it all together. I don’t have it that way because some people don’t have a big enough punch bowl, but yes. Please mix it, it won’t separate (and you’ll have a ladle in there anyway so just give it a stir). Obviously don’t add the soda until serving time so it doesn’t go flat. I have “Shirley Temple Punch” on my list of things to post so no one else ever has to wonder this again! Good luck and thanks for giving the recipe a shot. I appreciate you! And I love the cooking party idea!

  4. Tanya

    In Canada Shirley temples have orange juice also in them . They are sooo good. I am 45 and that’s all we order when out . If you want a adult version put 1 oz of Malibu ( coconut rum) in !! 

  5. calley

    Where did you get these cups? I clicked on the link, but it was not the ones pictured.

    1. meggan

      Hi Calley! Yes, the link just goes to a basic search for clear plastic Christmas cups on Amazon’s website because I think the reindeer ones are discontinued now. I got them a few years ago at Walmart, they were Solo brand. I am so sorry about that!

  6. London

    Hi do you think there is a way to make this recipe in bulk and then put in a punch bowl? I’m wanting to do them for a birthday party and thought it might be easier and faster than making each drink individually, thanks!!

    1. meggan

      Hi London, YES! It’s a great idea, making punch. Here’s some math to figure it out. 2 liters of soda is about 67 ounces which is roughly 8 servings of Shirley temple (assuming you are doing 8 ounces of soda in each). I do a ratio of 8 ounces of soda –> 1 ounce of Grenadine. If you wanted to stick with that, you would add 8 ounces of Grenadine to the punch bowl with your soda. However, I’d probably just add the whole bottle of Grenadine, all 12 ounces… heck, it’s the holidays PLUS then you can add ice and not worry about it watering everything down. So that’s what I’d do. Bonus points if you stick maraschino cherries in your ice cubes… LOL!!! I’m definitely going to do a post with Shirley Temple Punch. Best idea ever.

  7. Leslie Aschenbrenner

    I’m 72 and I still love Shirley temples—-plain and simple they’re yummy!

  8. Marea

    Mom was head barmaid and always served us Shirley Temples when we had an outing to the place she worked in Manhattan. They were always made with ginger ale as the base beverage and the maraschino cherry with the stem was mandatory :)5 stars

    1. Marea

      Add thanks Lynn, that Shirley Temple, it always had a touch of grenadine :)

  9. Debbie

     We also make these for the young men in our family. But we do not call and Shirley temples we called him Roy Rogers. We have done this for years with our kids party functions. Now with 14 grandchildren we do it for them at family functions. And toaster being made  we use the sparkling grape juice. Let’s the children to fill a special as the adults.

    1. Lynn

      I grew up in having Shirley Temples and Roy Rogers because I was an only child and often out with adults… Suppose it made me feel grown up to get a drink that looked the part! From what I can recall, however, a Shirley Temple was with 7up and. Roy Rogers was basically the same drink, but made with Coke. We always have grenadine in the liquor cabinet, but I don’t think I’ve made any of my four little ones a Roy Rogers to date, had forgotten all about it!5 stars

    2. meggan

      Roy Rogers – ha! I love that! This was always my favorite drink as a child and, if I’m being honest, I love it as an adult too. :) And that sparkling grape juice, THAT is good stuff. I could drink a whole bottle. Thanks so much for finding my post and sharing your story. I’m so grateful! Take care Debbie!

  10. Kennady

    Meggan!
    How many drinks can you get out of this recipe? Thank you :) Excited to try these at our NYE Wedding this year! Thought this might be a fun drink for those who can’t or don’t drink alcohol!

    1. meggan

      Hi Kennady! I have down 8 servings for the recipe. That is because you’ll have about 80 ounces of liquid between the 2L of soda and the grenadine. So, that means 10 ounces per drink (roughly) which, if you put some ice in the glass, should be pretty good for a serving. I hope that helps! If you have more questions just let me know. Thanks so much for your nice comment and I hope you give it a try. This is still my favorite drink ever!!!! So good. :)

  11. Misty

    Crazy question!  Where did you find your cups?  Super cute!! 

    1. meggan

      Hi Misty!!! These are just plastic Solo cups that I bought at Walmart a few years ago. :) Keeping it classy, ha ha! Thank you so much. :)

  12. karen

    Look up a recipe for homemade grenadine.  It makes all the difference in the world and it’s easy to make.

    1. meggan

      Karen, thank you for that!! I love making things like that from scratch and never even thought about grenadine. :) I’ll definitely check that out! Thank you so much.

  13. Janette @ Culinary Ginger

    I actually have never had one but I’d love a boozy one.You’ve made these look so pretty and festive.5 stars

  14. Kathleen @ hapanom

    Omg! This was my absolute favorite drink when I was a kid! Any time we went out to eat, I always ordered one! To this day, I still enjoy Shirley Temples!5 stars

    1. So I’m not the only one then? :) I always thought it was the best drink ever when I was a kid. It has been fun having the Grenadine on hand and making one of these with dinner every night for the past week!

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