How to Make a Roy Rogers Drink

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The Roy Rogers drink is a great mocktail for kids and those who prefer to abstain from alcoholic drinks. It’s easy to make, kids love it and the ingredients are easy to find.

Roy Rogers drink in a tall vintage glass, garnish with two maraschino cherries

Why is it called a Roy Rogers Drink?

The Roy Rogers cocktail is named after the actor and singer Roy Rogers. He was very popular in older Western films in the 1940s and 1950s.

How to Make a Roy Rogers

To make a Roy Rogers, add cola to a drink with ice and add a splash of grenadine. If you aren’t familiar with grenadine, it’s a syrup made from pomegranate juice that is used to flavor cocktails. I drank these quite a bit when I was a kid as my parents would order them for me whenever we went out to dinner at a restaurant. My sister would always get a Shirley Temple drink.

close up Roy Rogers drink in a tall vintage glass, garnished with two maraschino cherries

Roy Rogers Tips and Tricks

  1. You can use any kind of cola such as Coke or Pepsi in this drink.
  2. If you prefer to avoid caffeine, it works well with caffeine-free drinks as well (or even diet ones), but the grenadine does contain plenty of sugar, so be aware of that.
  3. It’s best to use those cheap maraschino cherries in the store in a jar. They work great as a garnish and kids love to snack on them after they’ve finished their drink.
Roy Rogers drink in a tall vintage glass, garnished with maraschino cherries
Roy Rogers drink in a tall, vintage glass.

Other great mocktails to try:

How to Make a Shirley Temple Drink

How to Make an Arnold Palmer Drink

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Roy Rogers Drink

The Roy Rogers drink is a great mocktail for kids and anyone that is looking for a quick and easy, non-alcoholic drink to enjoy.
5 from 6 votes
close up Roy Rogers drink in a tall vintage glass, garnished with two maraschino cherries
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 6 ounces cola Coca Cola is traditionally used
  • 1 splash grenadine
  • 1 maraschino cherry


  • Fill a glass with ice and your cola of choice.
  • Add a splash of grenadine to the cola and stir gently (over stirring will cause the pop to go flat).
  • Garnish with a Maraschino cherry.

Recipe Notes

You can use any type of cola but I prefer Coca Cola for this drink.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 73kcal, Carbohydrates: 19g, Sodium: 7mg, Sugar: 17g, Iron: 0.2mg

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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