Who doesn’t have fond childhood memories of being served a classic Shirley Temple Drink on a fun night out with the family?

Sweet grenadine mixed with orange juice & soda is served over ice in a tall, skinny glass, with a maraschino cherry or two bobbing on the top!

Being a kid never felt so grown-up!

finished Shirley Temples in glasses

What is a Shirley Temple Drink?

Everyone remembers how special it was to get a Shirley Temple at dinner as a kid. Named after the famous actress and child star of the 1930s, a hotel bartender created a mocktail just for her as she dined with her parents. Today, it’s still a popular drink served to kids on special occasions.

  • Double or triple the recipe and pour Shirley Temples from a glass pitcher at Christmas parties (or fill a punch bowl if you’d like).
  • Have it your way! Keep the non-alcoholic drink as is, or add a jigger or two of vodka or rum for grown-up “Dirty Shirley Temple”. Let guests garnish their own.
  • Versatile mocktail! This Shirley Temple drink recipe can be made into a ‘Roy Rogers’; swap out the ginger ale for coca-cola (Coke) or grape juice.
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Ingredients & Variations

Grenadine – The sweet and colorful star of this mocktail is grenadine, a pomegranate syrup. If you don’t have grenadine, you can substitute some of the maraschino cherry juice or mix homemade grenadine by combining 1/4 cup pomegranate juice with 2 tablespoons of sugar.

Mixers – Choose any carbonated mixer like ginger ale, lemon-lime soda, 7up, or Sprite, plus a splash of orange or pineapple juice. Try a splash of fresh lime juice or lemon juice.

Garnishes – Fancy drinks need fancy garnishes! Add colorful fruits like thinly sliced orange slices and maraschino cherries (with stems if you can find them!). Lime wedges or a few frozen berries are also fun to use.

How to Make a Shirley Temple

This colorful drink is super easy to make:

  1. Place ice in a small glass and fill it with ginger ale or 7-Up (per recipe below).
  2. Add grenadine syrup and optional orange juice. Stir and serve.
  3. Garnish with maraschino cherries and an orange slice. Serve with a colorful straw!
pouring lemon lime soda into glass to make a Shirley Temple

Tips for the Best Mocktail (or Cocktail!)

  • It’s easy to make homemade mocktails! Chill glasses and all ingredients before making drinks (including alcohol).
  • Use crushed ice instead of larger ice cubes for a more festive look.
  • Make a DIY Shirley Temple station and let everyone make their own!
Shirley Temple with oranges and cherries

Be the Bartender!

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Shirley Temple Drink

This bright & fruity Shirley Temple is always a favorite that kids and adults will love.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 drink
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  • 8 ounces ginger ale or lemon lime soda
  • 1 ounce grenadine syrup
  • 1 ounce orange juice optional
  • ice
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish
  • orange slices for garnish


  • In a 12 oz glass, add the ice and grenadine syrup.
  • Fill the glass with 7-up or ginger ale.
  • Add the orange juice.
  • Garnish with cherries and a slice of orange.


  • chill glasses & ingredients before mixing drinks (including any added alcohol).
  • Optionally, add a splash of fresh lime juice or lemon juice for an extra zing.
  • Use crushed ice instead of ice cubes for a slushy-style drink.
5 from 17 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 182 | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 57IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Beverage, Drink
Cuisine American
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Shirley Temple with a title
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close up of Shirley Temple with writing


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