This Shirley Temple drink is a classic and nostalgic mocktail recipe made with homemade grenadine, ginger ale, ice, and an orange slice!
Like me, you may have fond memories of sipping on a Shirley Temple as a kid. Almost everyone knows that this simple “mocktail” is made with a simple mixture of ginger ale and grenadine. But have you ever tried one that’s made with homemade grenadine?
Every once in awhile I get a hankering for a sweet bubbly drink, but I don’t want an alcoholic cocktail. Shirley Temples used to be my go-to at restaurants or big family dinners at home, especially when I was a kid.
How To Make a Shirley Temple Drink:
Shirley Temple’s are super easy to make, that’s probably why I love them so much and make them at home several times a week! Since you only need a few ingredients to make them, this drink whips up in just a couple of minutes!
- Begin by filling a large glass about halfway with ice.
- Then, pour the grenadine over the ice.
- Next, squeeze the orange slice so the juices begin to release from the flesh and drop it into the glass.
- Pour in the ginger ale and garnish with a maraschino cherry.
- Add a straw and serve.
But I put a hold on drinking them when I realized that they’re usually full of high fructose corn syrup and dyes.
When I discovered that I could make my own simple homemade grenadine, I knew this would be a game changer in the Shirley Temple recipe. Not only is it chemical-free, it’s totally yummy!
You may think of grenadine as being cherry-flavored, but the base of this bar syrup was originally pomegranate. In fact, its name is derived from the French word grenade, which means pomegranate.
I make mine with a simple mixture of pomegranate juice, sugar, and lemon juice, and believe me when I say that a splash or two of this stuff in ginger ale tastes amazing! Sweet-tart pomegranate and bright notes of citrus pop when they’re mixed with the sweet ginger soda.
This is a great option for ingredient-conscious moms to serve as a treat to their children, and you can even use natural ginger ale or ginger beer for the bubbly base of this beverage.
Consider serving a batch of freshly mixed Shirley Temples at your child’s next birthday party, complete with add-ons and garnishes like plastic swords, umbrellas, cherries and orange wedges!
I can assure you, your young guests will feel special while sipping their “fancy” drinks.
Every time I host a get-together that includes family members of all ages, I make my underage cousins something special so they don’t feel left out while the adults mixing their cocktails.
Shirley Temples are some of my favorite drinks to serve because they’re simple to make, fun to garnish, and of course, they’re delicious!
You may have grown up enjoying Shirley Temples topped with plastic swords and cherries, and using homemade grenadine puts a refreshing twist on an old recipe. After tasting the real fruit flavors of natural syrup, you may never go back to the store-bought stuff again!
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Shirley Temple Drink
- Fill a large glass about halfway with ice. Pour the grenadine over the ice. Squeeze the orange slice so the juices begin to release from the slice and drop it into the glass.
- Pour in the ginger ale and garnish with a maraschino cherry. Add a straw and serve.
- A lemon-lime soda like Sierra Mist, Sprite, or 7Up can be used in place of ginger ale.