This Shirley Temple Float is a fun twist on the classic mocktail! Creamy vanilla ice cream is mixed with grenadine syrup and lemon-lime soda for a refreshingly sweet dessert beverage.
Sip on another delicious float that’s also made with ice cream, such as my Root Beer Floats which are also made with just 4 ingredients!
This Shirley Temple Float turns my absolute favorite drink into dessert! This fun summer twist on the nostalgic drink is the perfect way to welcome spring and enjoy the warmer months!
Though its bright red color would also make for a fun, festive treat around Valentine’s Day! Since these floats are made in just 5 minutes using only four ingredients, they’re easy enough just to make whenever you want!
What’s In A Shirley Temple?
Shirley temples are typically made with just two ingredients, lemon-lime soda or ginger ale and grenadine syrup.
All About These Shirley Temple Floats
Taste: Ingredients such as grenadine syrup, lemon-lime soda, and maraschino cherries make for a float that’s bursting with bright and refreshing citrus flavors. The addition of ice cream adds a sweet vanilla touch to each tasty float!
Texture: Since this Shirley temple drink is made into a float, it takes on a creamy consistency from the ice cream! For an even creamier drink, add a dollop of whipped cream!
One key ingredient that makes this Shirley Temple Ice Cream float stand out is the homemade grenadine syrup! It cooks up on the stovetop in just 8 minutes using only three ingredients, pomegranate juice, granulated sugar, and lemon juice.
I switched to the homemade syrup to skip out on the high fructose corn syrup, red dye, and artificial flavors that are found in the store-bought version. With homemade syrup, you get a much better flavor with quality ingredients, making the taste so much better!
Kitchen Tips To Make The Best Shirley Temple Float
- Ice Cream – It’s important to put the ice cream in your cup first! This way, the remaining ingredients are poured over it, helping to meld the flavors together. Also, be sure to use your favorite vanilla ice cream to make this float as delicious as possible for your taste buds!
- Choose Your Soda – I like making my float with mist twist lemon-lime soda. However, sprite or 7-UP can be used as well. If you prefer, it can even be swapped out for ginger ale.
- Pouring – When pouring in the soda, make sure to hold your glass at a slight angle. This helps lessen the agitation in the carbonation so that the float doesn’t spill over!
- Garnishes – Dress these floats up with a slice of lime, maraschino cherries, and whipped cream if you’d like!
This Shirley Temple Drink with ice cream is a delicious way to make the classic mocktail! For more tasty mocktails, check out this Roy Rogers Recipe and this Tiktok famous Jam Seltzer!
You may also love this 4-Ingredient Mocktail that can be made in three different ways! Or this refreshing Cranberry Cooler that mixes up 2 mocktails in just 5 minutes!
How Many Floats Does This Recipe Make?
Following the recipe instructions will yield one float. However, since you already have all the ingredients out, it’s easy to create an assembly line to make as many floats as you need!
Can I Make This A Spiked Shirley Temple Float?
Yes, you can man an alcoholic version of this float recipe. To do so, you’ll need 4.5 ounces of lemon-lime soda, 1 ounce of grenadine,1/2 ounce of triple sec, and 2 ounces of vodka.
And, of course, vanilla ice cream!
How Do I Store Leftover Homemade Grenadine Syrup?
Leftover grenadine syrup can be stored in a jar with a tight lid or an airtight container. Then keep it in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
Use leftovers in more delicious drink recipes such as my Rum Runner or Tequila Sunrise Cocktail!
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This recipe was originally published in April 2014 and was updated in January 2023 with fresh photos and content.
Shirley Temple Float
- 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- 1 ounce grenadine syrup
- 6 ounces lemon-lime soda
- Maraschino Cherries
- Add vanilla ice cream to a soda glass and pour in the grenadine syrup.1 ounce grenadine syrup, 2 scoops vanilla ice cream
- Hold the glass at a slight angle while you pour in the lemon-lime soda, not letting it foam over the edge of the glass.6 ounces lemon-lime soda
- Top with a maraschino cherry.Maraschino Cherries
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Comments & Reviews
I want this NOW! I haven’t had a Shirley Temple in ages.
Thanks for sharing on Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays link up. Hope to see you back next week.
These drinks are so pretty! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!”
Gail Akeman says
sounds good. Thank you for joining the Small victories Sunday Linkup party,. Please join again. Pinned to the group board.
They’re my favorite, Jelli! I hope you enjoy them this weekend!
So pretty! I used to really like Shirley Temples but haven’t had one in ages. This pretty float is pregnancy friendly since it’s alcohol-free and it’s definitely on my wishlist for my birthday brunch this weekend. Thanks for sharing! Gorgeous pics.
Lisa Sharp says
I love Shirley Temples and this sounds amazing! Thanks for the wonderful idea.
What a trip down memory lane! My parents would make these for me and my siblings as a special treat when I was in elementary school. Thanks for sharing! Pinned.