Shirley Temple Drink is the best mocktail to serve to kids, expecting mothers, designated drivers or anyone that loves a fun, sweet beverage at a party without the alcohol. They are super easy to make with only three ingredients. Kids LOVE them because they feel fancy drinking them. Such a fun, classic non-alcoholic drink for everyone!
I love coming up with adult-beverages but I think it’s important to also have non-alcoholic options like my Strawberry Virgin Margarita, Sweet Sunrise Mocktails and Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade. This year I want to make a mocktail that’s both kid-friendly and great for adults so I’ll be mixing up some classic Shirley Temples!
With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about all the fun summer get-togethers with friends and family! Memorial Day is almost here and then the summer officially begins so there’s no better time than now to start planning all the fun summer drinks.
A Shirley Temple is just a simple three-ingredient drink made with grenadine. It’s totally appropriate for kids, but it’s also a great option for adults who want a refreshing fizzy drink without any alcohol. We always have a mix of kids and adults at our summer get-togethers and so I feel really good offering a fun mocktail that kids and adults will love. Plus, it’s a really cute drink to serve and so easy to make.
Shirley Temple Recipe From Childhood!
Shirley Temples have been around forever (the drink was created in the 1930’s!) and it’s a fun and easy drink to make. I love the ruby-red color and there’s nothing better than a fizzy drink during the summer.
Unlike other mocktails, Shirley Temples are great for kids because it was created for a kid (hint: Shirley Temple, remember her?). I don’t know about you, but I don’t feel right serving kids a virgin margarita. Seems a little weird, right? So, a Shirley Temple is perfect. Kids love them because they get their own fancy drink and adults love them because they probably loved them when they were a kid!
Ingredients Needed to Make Shirley Temple Drink
A Shirley Temple is a refreshing easy mocktail that everyone will love and the best thing is that you don’t need a bunch of ingredients to make one. All you need is:
- lemon-lime soda
- grenadine syrup
- maraschino cherries
How Do You Make the BEST Shirley Temple?
It’s such an easy drink to make because all you need do is mix a little of the grenadine with lemon-lime soda, pour it into a highball glass with ice and garnish the drink with the maraschino cherries. That’s it!
The Shirley Temple recipe I’m sharing is for one drink, but you can easily scale it up to serve more for a party. I recommend mixing the grenadine with the lemon-lime soda in a pitcher but don’t add the ice because it will dilute the drink. Instead, have ice and cherries nearby and your guests can scoop the ice in a glass, pour the drink over the top, and top it with a few cherries. So easy!
What is a Shirley Temple Drink?
A Shirley Temple drink is a classic non-alcoholic drink made with grenadine. Grenadine is a syrup made with pomegranate which gives the syrup it’s tart flavor and the pretty color. It’s sweetened with sugar and when you mix it with something fizzy you get a beautiful ruby-colored drink.
I like to mix lemon-lime soda with the grenadine or you can substitute ginger ale. I’ve also seen ones that have a combination of lemonade and soda water, but I think the lemon-lime soda works best and it’s what I always use. I like to keep things simple because who wants to stress out making a drink? Not me!
Everything’s better with a cherry on top, right? Shirley Temples are garnished with maraschino cherries which are just preserved sweetened cherries packaged in jars. You can drop them right on top of the drink or you can slice them half-way and perch them on the side of the glass. Add a cute straw and you’re all set!
Shirley Temples are definitely kid-approved, but they’re great for adults, too, and serving up glasses of this classic non-alcoholic drink is sure to make your guests smile. Who doesn’t remember having a Shirley Temple as a kid? It was always one of my favorites and still is!
More Great Mocktail Recipes to Enjoy!
- Sparkling Mint Lemonade
- Watermelon Mint Lemonade
- Arnold Palmer Tear
- Non Alcoholic Mule
- Blackberry Fauxjito
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Shirley Temple Drink Recipe
- ¼ c. lemon lime soda
- 1 ½ Tbsp grenadine syrup
- maraschino cherries for garnish
- Mix together soda and grenadine.
- Pour over ice.
- Top with cherries