I remember enjoying a Shirley Temple for the first time as a young child. Our family was eating out at a restaurant, and I ordered this special drink. I loved its cheerful red color, wonderful flavor, and the fun garnish on top! (Those miniature folding umbrellas were quite a novelty for me! ☂️)
This surprisingly simple drink was invented in 1938 for the actress Shirley Temple herself. According to legend, she was celebrating her tenth birthday with her parents and other actors at a restaurant. That night this special drink was created for Shirley to enjoy. I’m glad that this drink is still around so many years later!
There are so many things to love about Shirley Temples. The two basic ingredients of grenadine syrup and ginger ale are easy to keep on hand, and the whole drink–including the garnish–comes together in about 10 minutes. You can easily garnish the drink with whatever you have on hand. Coating the rim of the glass with sugar and garnishing the drink with an orange wedge and two maraschino cherries really makes it special. 🍒 It’s great to serve on Valentine’s Day.
As you sip your grenadine-flavored ginger ale, you’ll enjoy this refreshing and delicious combination! Hopefully you can share it with some little girl in your life.Print
Classic Shirley Temple
Classic Shirley Temple is a quick and easy non alcoholic drink recipe great for Valentine’s Day, birthdays, baby showers, or any special occasion! You’ll love the delicious combination of grenadine and ginger ale in this classic beverage.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 2 drinks
For the Shirley Temple Drink
- 1/4 cup grenadine syrup
- 1 cup ginger ale
- 1/2 teaspoon concentrated lemon juice (optional)
- Crushed ice
For the Garnish
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 4 maraschino cherries
- 1 slice of navel orange
- 2 orange peel curls
Preparing the Garnishes
- To coat the rim of the glass, dip the rim in a small bowl of water, then dip it in the sugar. Use glasses with a 7 fluid ounce capacity.
- Cut a large slice of orange crosswise from a navel orange, then cut the slice into 4 pieces. Sandwich the triangular orange wedge between two maraschino cherries on a small toothpick.
Making the Shirley Temples
- Fill each glass 1/3 of the way with crushed ice.
- Stir together the grenadine, ginger ale, and lemon juice in a jug with a spout and use a funnel to pour the drink into each glass.
- Lay the toothpick garnish on top of each glass and serve immediately.
- The traditional Shirley Temple doesn’t contain lemon juice, but I think it adds a nice tartness to the drink. You can also add a splash of orange juice if you’d like.
- Serve this drink in any fun glass.