Refreshing and sweet, this orange and cherry shirley temple drink mocktail is one you will crave!
Want to learn how to make one of the most iconic non alcoholic drinks ever? Then this recipe is definitely for you! The Shirley Temple drink is a super popular, fruity, fizzy, creamy drink that is loved by both adults and kids. We are going to tell you all about this delicious virgin drink and how to make it. Let’s dive right in!
fizzy bubbles are fun to drink
What is a Shirley Temple Drink?
The Shirley Temple is a classic, non-alcoholic drink that has been loved by kids for decades. The Shirley temple originated in the 1930’s when a bartender in California made the drink for the famous child actress, Shirley Temple. It is said that he was trying to mix up something fancy enough for a famous movie star, but simple enough for a kid (seeing as Shirley Temple was quite young at the time). He named his creation the “Shirley Temple drink”. The drink became an instant hit and is still a go-to at restaurants for any young children. Why was Shirley Temple so popular? Well a shirley temple (drink) is just delicious! And everyone loved the child actress so much that kids everywhere wanted to be just like her. Drinking a shirley temple was an easy way to act like your favorite movie star and have something delicious.
If you have ever wondered why it is called a Shirley Temple cocktail, now you know!
The traditional Shirley Temple drink is made with ginger ale, grenadine syrup and garnished with a cherry.
The fizzy bubbles are fun to drink and the cherry flavor is sweet and delicious. While the drink contains no alcohol, it looks as fancy as any mixed drink out there!
So does a Shirley Temple have alcohol in it? Absolutely not! Shirley Temples are completely alcohol free and considered a virgin drink. That is why you can always order a Shirley Temple drink for kids!
Shirley temples taste mostly like grenadine syrup. They are sweet with a cherry, pomegranate flavor. Classic shirley temple drinks made with ginger ale do have a slight, subtle spice thanks to the ginger in the soda.
However, we skip the ginger ale in our shirley temple recipe and opt for cream soda and orange soda instead. This gives our shirley temple drink a creamsicle, pomegranate taste. It’s so good, you will think it’s a dessert!
Grenadine is one of the main ingredients in a Shirley Temple drink. It is made from pomegranate juice, sugar and lemon juice.
What does grenadine taste like? It tastes like a very sweet fruit. It has a nice tart flavor that balances the sweetness. It not only adds a lot of flavor to a Shirley temple, but it also gives it a pretty, red color.
If you were wondering is grenadine an alcohol, the answer to that question is also no. There is no alcohol in grenadine.
A traditional Shirley Temple drink is made with ginger ale. However, some people prefer to make a Shirley Temple using Sprite. Is Shirley Temple better with ginger ale or Sprite? That is a matter of opinion. But, of course we wanted to switch it up a little.
Our orange creamsicle Shirley temple drink is a twist on that classic drink. We add the creamy, sweet flavors of orange and cream soda to the mix. Oranges and cherry do go well together! It also makes for a very pretty drink.
The bright red grenadine swirls into the orange soda to make a drink that almost looks like a sunset. Be sure to layer the sodas into the glass for the full, swirly effect! Our shirley temple drink recipe is tasty and beautiful!
Shirley Temple drinks do not have caffeine. No caffeine and no alcohol makes this drink a definite “yes” for kids! Some sodas do have caffeine so look for caffeine-free soda when making our shirley temple drink recipe. They should be right in the soda aisle at your local grocery store!
Our Shirley Temple recipe is super simple. That is just another reason why we love this non alcoholic drink! Here is a quick look at how to make a Shirley Temple creamsicle drink.
- Rim the edge of the glass with orange juice and sugar. This step is optional but it really makes the drink look fancy. It also gives you a sweet taste in every sip thanks to that sugary rim!
- Fill the glass with ice then add the orange soda, cream soda, and top with grenadine. The grenadine will spiral down into the soda giving the drink a pretty, sunset look.
- Add a cherry and an orange slice as a garnish and enjoy!
Pretty simple, right? Anyone can make a stunning Shirley Temple drink. So what are you waiting for? Head to your kitchen right now and start making one! Make one for yourself, for your kids or for an entire party of people. Everyone loves a good Shirley Temple and it is one drink you really can’t go wrong with. Enjoy!
You Asked, We’re Answering
Still have questions about Shirley Temple drinks? Hopefully these questions and answers can help you! You can always leave your questions in the comment section below and we will answer ASAP!
What’s in a Shirley Temple Black?
A shirley temple black is made with alcohol, typically white rum. It is the same mix as a classic shirley temple but with one, additional, alcoholic ingredient. Be sure to know which glass is the Shirley Temple Black and which is a regular Shirley temple. The two drinks look the exact same and serving black shirley temples next to regular ones can be dangerous. You’ve been warned!
Is ginger ale and Sprite the same?
No. Ginger ale and Sprite are two very different drinks. Ginger ale is a soda made with real ginger. It has a slightly spicy taste. Sprite is a lemon-lime flavored soda that is a little bit sweet and tart. Shirley temples are classically made with ginger ale but lots of people do use sprite to make the drink. We switch it up completely and go with orange soda and cream soda! We are kind of drink rebels….
What are the healthiest sodas?
Sierra Mist is one of the healthier sodas out there. It has only 140 calories and 37 grams of carbs. This may sound like a lot but when you compare it to Coke, which has 65 grams of sugar and carbohydrates, it does look a lot slimmer!