The Shirley Temple drink is well-known for its refreshing and bubbly flavor. Chances are you’ve probably ordered one as a child, or when you’re feeling nostalgic and wanting a fruity drink with some fizz. We have the best Shirley Temple recipe with the perfect ratio of ingredients for the classic mocktail.
With its red hue and cherry on top, this popular nonalcoholic mixed drink is made with simple ingredients and comes together in a flash for the enjoyment of all ages. Named after Shirley Temple, the child actress and singer who starred in many movies in the 1903s and 1940s, a Shirley Temple virgin is the true Shirley temple as there is no alcohol in the classic recipe.
What is a Shirley Temple
A Shirley Temple is a classic mocktail made with grenadine and lemon lime soda or ginger ale, and garnished with a cherry on top. The name of the very popular nonalcoholic mixed drink is sure to be recognized by bartenders and at restaurants anywhere you go and is super easy to make at home.
Is a Shirley Temple virgin?
The Shirley Temple drink does not contain any alcohol, making it a virgin drink. One of the reasons the Shirley Temple is so popular is because the mocktail can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
Ingredients in a Shirley Temple
There are only three ingredients in a Shirley Temple recipe: lemon lime soda (such as Sprite or 7up), grenadine, and maraschino cherries to garnish.
Sprite vs. Ginger Ale
For this recipe, you can use either lemon lime soda or ginger ale, depending on your flavor preference or the ingredients you have on hand. Sprite or a lemon lime soda adds a refreshing citrus flavor while ginger ale will add a sweetened spice.
How to Make a Shirley Temple
- Fill a glass with ice
- Pour in the grenadine
- Top with lemon lime soda and gentley stir
- Garnish with a cherry and enjoy!
Alcoholic Shirley Temple
The classic Shirley Temple drink does not contain any alcohol however, there is a common cocktail that takes a boozy twist on the pink drink. To make an alcoholic Shirley Temple, known as a Dirty Shirley, simply add two ounces of vodka to the recipe below.
Shirley Temple Black
Another variation of the Shirley Temple virgin is the Shirley Temple Black. This mixed drink variation adds dark rum to the classic Shirley Temple virgin, yielding a cocktail with a spicy finish.
How to Serve
Serve your Shirley Temple drink with lots of ice and don’t forget the cherry (or two) on top!
Shirley Temple Drink
- 1 ounce Grenadine
- 4 ounces lemon lime soda or ginger ale ex 7up/sprite
- Maraschino cherries for garnish optional
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Pour in the grenadine.
- Top with the lemon lime soda.
- Gently stir.
- Garnish and enjoy!