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Learn how to make a Shirley Temple drink…an easy recipe with just 3 ingredients. An old fashioned summer drink with cherries.
Years ago we posted our Shirley Temple cake that went viral. Ever since then I’ve been wanting to post the origin of that cake, the vintage Shirley Temple drink recipe.
It’s a perfect summertime drink with sweet grenadine syrup and ginger ale. Load your glass with ice and a few maraschino cherries and watch the smiles flow.
It’s not 100% agreed up where this mocktail drink came from. The most common thought is that it originated in Chasen’s restaurant in Hollywood, California, for Shirley Temple herself (source).
There are many different versions of this drink, so we’re sharing a base recipe with optional variations below.
Be sure to also try the little boy’s version of this drink: the Roy Rogers made with Coke!
You’ll need 3 ingredients:
Grenadine syrup is a popular addition to many cocktails and mocktails, known by its deep red color. It’s what gives our orange and peach sunrise mocktail such a gorgeous color. It was originally made from pomegranates, whose french name is grenade, which is how the syrup got its name. Today many grenadine syrups are made with artificial flavors, but you can buy or make your own with natural pomegranate juice.
Because this drink has maraschino cherries in it, you may think that grenadine syrup is made from cherries, but it is not.
I buy Rose’s grenadine syrup, but you can make your own at home.
It’s easy to make one drink at at time following this guideline: 1 ounce of grenadine syrup to 8 ounces of ginger ale. You can adjust it to have more syrup if you’d like, but this is a good place to start.