Shirley Temple Recipe

 

This Shirley Temple recipe is great for holiday parties with family, expectant mothers, or designated drivers! It’s the ultimate Kiddie Cocktail!

I don’t know about you, but I’m IN LOVE with Shirley Temples and will drink one any day of the week.

Long after turning 21, I still find myself ordering Shirley Temples at restaurants. If you like sweet drinks, there is just nothing better!

A portrait photo of three clear reindeer-decorated clear cups filled with pink Shirley Temple and garnished with a red maraschino cherry. There is a 7-Up bottle slightly out of focus in the background.

Shirley Temples are perfect for the holidays! Kids get to feel like grown-ups sipping on these pretty, bubbly treats and popping the maraschino cherries in their mouths. Adults can tap into the discrete bottle of vodka stashed away in the kitchen.

They are so easy, too: Just two ingredients!

Pour grenadine over ice and top with 7Up (or your preferred lemon-lime soda), and that’s it! Garnish with maraschino cherries if desired.

Depending on the ages of the kids in your group, you may want to have an adult on hand to supervise the making of the Shirley Temples. Otherwise, bring out a tray of prepared drinks and distribute amongst the kids yourself. I like to serve these in fun clear plastic cups; glassware and children just don’t mix.

A square photo of three clearn reindeer-decorated clear cups filled with pink Shirley Temple and garnished with a red maraschino cherry.

Depending on the size of your cups and the age of your kids, adjust the amount of grenadine as you prepare the drinks. I think a ratio of 1 ounce grenadine-to-8 ounces of soda is a good ratio, but use more if you want to. It’s the holidays!

Speaking of over-indulgence, I show the drinks garnished with one maraschino cherry each but… let’s be honest. I am dumping 8 cherries in my drink, at least! I’ll have some Shirley Temple with my maraschino cherries, thank you very much!

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A square photo of three clearn reindeer-decorated clear cups filled with pink Shirley Temple and garnished with a red maraschino cherry.
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Shirley Temple

This Shirley Temple recipe is great for holiday parties with family, expectant mothers, or designated drivers! It's the ultimate Kiddie Cocktail!
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 8 servings
Calories 218 kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle Grenadine
  • Ice
  • 1 (2 Liter) bottle lemon-lime soda
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Pour 1 ounce Grenadine over ice in a glass. Top with 8 ounces lemon-lime soda. Garnish with maraschino cherries if desired.

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This Shirley Temple recipe is great for holiday parties, expectant mothers, or designated drivers! It's the ultimate Kiddie Cocktail!

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15 comments

  1. 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!

    • 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!

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

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

    • 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.

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

    • 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. :)

  5. 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!

    • 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. :)

  6.  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.

    • 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!

    • 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!

  7. 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 :)

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

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