How to Make a Shirley Temple Drink

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The Shirley Temple drink is a classic mocktail that kids around the world love to enjoy. It’s also a great option for those who choose to abstain from alcoholic drinks.

Shirley Temple drink with unicorn straw and garnish with maraschino cherries
Shirley Temple drink

What is in a Shirley Temple drink?

A Shirley Temple drink is made from two simple ingredients; ginger ale and grenadine. Some people choose to use other ingredients such as lemon lime soda with grenadine but the original version specifically calls for ginger ale.

What is Grenadine?

For those who are unfamiliar with grenadine, it’s a sweet bar syrup that is both tart and sweet. It’s normally made from pomegranate juice that has been sweetened with sugar.

close up adding unicorn straw to Shirley Temple drink, garnish with maraschino cherries

Who invented it?

According to some, it’s believed to have been invented at a place called Chasen’s in West Hollywood, apparently to serve the same named child actress. In interviews, she exclaimed that she didn’t even like the drink and that it was too sweet.

Another popular mocktail is the Arnold Palmer drink which is similar in that it’s made of only two ingredients as well. If you like this one, I highly recommend checking out this mocktail as well.


Shirley Temple Drink

The Shirley Temple drink is a simple non-alcoholic mocktail that is great for kids and adults alike.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Total Time
5 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 6 ounces sprite or ginger ale
  • 1 splash grenadine
  • 1 maraschino cherry


  • Fill a glass with ice and ginger ale.
  • Add a splash of grenadine.
  • Stir lightly (over stirring will cause the ginger ale to go flat) and garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Recipe Notes

You can also use lemon lime soda instead of ginger ale if desired.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 69kcal, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Sodium: 12mg, Sugar: 17g, Iron: 1mg

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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  1. WESTOVER says

    Thank you the grandkids will love this.
    Have a great day.

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