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Shirley Temple Black Drink

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Posted: 07/08/21

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The Shirley Temple Black Drink is a Rum spiked twist on the classic Shirley Temple nonalcoholic drink. The classic combination of grenadine, lemon lime soda, and maraschino cherries is complimented with the spicy finish of dark rum. If you love the vodka spiked Dirty Shirley , give this Shirley Temple Black a try!

two glasses of Shirley Temple Black with ice and maraschino cherries

Rum cocktails are some of our favorites to make at home, and this Shirley Temple Black is no exception. With simple ingredients, great flavor, and minimal time to make, it is a go-to cocktail for an at-home happy hour.

two glasses of Shirley Temple Black drink with ice and maraschino cherries

Origin of the Shirley Temple Black

The Shirley Temple Black is named after the actress, singer, dancer, and diplomat Shirley Temple who married Charles Black in 1950 and added Black to her name. It also describes the addition of dark rum to the classic Shirley Temple mocktail.

What is Grenadine?

Grenadine is a popular nonalcholic syrup originally made from pomegranates used to flavor drinks and cocktails. With its sweet flavor and bright red hue, it is a popular cocktail ingredient.

Ingredients of a Shirley Temple Black

To make a Shirley Temple Black at home, you will need 2 ounces of dark rum, 4 ounces of lemon lime soda (such as Sprite or 7up), one ounce of grenadine, and maraschino cherries.

man's hand pouring jigger of rum into a glass of ice and grenadine to make a Shirley Temple Black drink with two maraschino cherries

How to Make a Shirley Temple Black

  1. Fill a rocks glass with ice
  2. Add grenadine and dark rum
  3. Top with lemon lime soda
  4. Stir and garnish with a maraschino cherry

man's hand pouring a bottle of Sprite into a glass of Shirley Temple Black with ice surrounded by maraschino cherries

Other Alcohol to Add to a Shirley Temple

Another great option for a spirit to add to a Shirley Temple is vodka, which would create a Dirty Shirley cocktail. Instead of rum, add two ounces of vodka to the recipe below.

How to Serve

Serve your Shirley Temple Black in a rocks glass or glass tumbler with lots of ice. Prepare just prior to serving to enjoy cold and to keep the bubbles fresh.

two glasses of Shirley Temple Black with ice and maraschino cherries
two glasses of Shirley Temple Black with ice and maraschino cherries
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Shirley Temple Black Drink

Serves: 1 drink
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 3 minutes
Total: 3 minutes
The Shirley Temple Black Drink is a Rum spiked twist on the classic Shirley Temple. The classic combination of grenadine, lemon lime soda, and maraschino cherries is complimented with the spicy finish of dark rum.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces Dark rum
  • 1 ounce Grenadine
  • 4 ounces lemon lime soda ex Sprite/7up
  • Maraschino Cherries for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Fill a glass with ice.
  • Pour in the dark rum and grenadine.
  • Top with lemon lime soda.
  • Gently stir.
  • Garnish and enjoy!
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Drinks
two glasses of Shirley Temple Black with ice and maraschino cherries

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