I remember having a Shirley Temple for the first time as a young child, and I've enjoyed it ever since! This is the perfect drink to make on short notice, as it takes basic ingredients you might have in your kitchen already. Whether you're an adult or a kid, you'll enjoy it for sure!
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What's in a Shirley Temple?
Traditionally, a Shirley Temple is made from ginger ale and grenadine and topped with a maraschino cherry. Many people swap out the ginger ale for Sprite or 7-Up, and add orange juice for additional flavor. My recipe uses the traditional ginger ale and adds a splash of orange juice.
Why is this drink called a Shirley Temple?
It was invented in 1938 for the actress Shirley Temple herself. According to legend, she was celebrating her tenth birthday with her parents and other actors at a restaurant, and the bartenders created this treat for her to enjoy. Ironically, she never cared for it, as she found it too sweet.
What does it taste like?
A Shirley Temple has a subtle ginger flavor from the ginger ale, but tastes mostly of cherry/pomegranate from the grenadine syrup. The orange juice adds a citrusy tang. If you eat the cherry garnish, you'll get even more of a cherry flavor. It's delicious!
How many calories are in this drink?
A 10-ounce drink is 170 calories and contains 42.7g of carbs. The orange juicegives you 40% of your daily vitamin C intake. For the full nutrition facts, scroll to the bottom of the recipe card.
What is the male version of a Shirley Temple?
The boy's version is a Roy Rogers, which is made from Coca-Cola and grenadine.
Does it contain alcohol?
No, it doesn't contain alcohol because it is kid friendly.
How to Make
Gather the ingredients. You'll need ginger ale (or Sprite), grenadine, ice, maraschino cherries, orange juice, orange slices, and straws.
Put a few ice cubes into a highball glass, then pour in 1 cup of ginger ale.
Add ⅓ cup of orange juice to the ginger ale.
Pour in 1 tablespoon of grenadine syrup.
Gently stir with a straw until combined.
Cut a slit in an orange slice and balance it on the edge of the glass.
Cut a slit in the bottom of a maraschino cherry and balance it on the rim of the glass as well. Enjoy immediately!
- Don't have ginger ale? Use Sprite, 7-Up, or any lemon-lime soda.
- Don't have grenadine? Use maraschino cherry juice, homemade grenadine, or raspberry cordial instead.
- Allergic to red food dye? Use homemade, dye-free grenadine and dye-free cherries.
- Want to change up the flavor? Add a dash of orange bitters for a more adult flavor.
- Want to rim the glass? Dip the rim of the glass in water, then in granulated sugar.
- Want to try a different garnish? Try a paper umbrella, a curl of orange peel, or a skewer of maraschino cherries.
- Chill the ingredients for the best flavor.
- Add ice cubes if you want the drink extra cold.
- Pour the soda slowly to prevent it from fizzing too much.
- Stir the drink gently with a straw or spoon to combine the ingredients.
- Enjoy the drink immediately to prevent the loss of carbonation.
- Rose's Grenadine: this is a great-tasting, affordable brand of grenadine.
- Highball Glasses: the correct glassware makes your drink more fun.
- Paper Straws: these cheerful striped straws make it easy to sip.
- Maraschino Cherries: a cherry on top will make your Shirley Temple special!
Kid-Friendly Drink Recipes
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A Shirley Temple is a fun non alcoholic drink that’s made with ginger ale, grenadine, and orange juice. It’s easy to whip up in just a few minutes. This classic treat for kids will be popular at a party or all summer long!
- 1 cup ginger ale (240 ml)
- ⅓ cup orange juice (80 ml)
- 1 tablespoon grenadine (15 ml)
- 4 ice cubes
- Maraschino cherries, for garnish
- Orange slices, for garnish
Making an Individual Glass
- Place about 4 ice cubes in a 12-ounce highball glass and pour in the ginger ale. (The drink makes about 10 ounces of liquid, but you need a 12-ounce glass to make room for the ice cubes.)
- Add the orange juice and grenadine. Stir gently to combine.
- Cut a slit in an orange slice and a maraschino cherry, then balance the garnishes on the rim of the glass. Enjoy immediately.
Making a Pitcher
- Stir together 2 ⅔ cups of orange juice and ½ cup of grenadine until combined.
- Just before serving, stir in 8 cups of ginger ale.
- Pour the Shirley Temple drink into individual glasses and garnish with a cherry and orange slice. This will make eight 10-ounce glasses.
- Make this recipe perfectly the first time. Check out the step-by-step photos and pro tips before the recipe card.
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- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Drink
- Method: Mixed
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: shirley temple drink, shirley temple recipe pitcher
This post was originally published on February 12, 2018.