Shirley Temples with Homemade Cherry Grenadine

It’s the weekend and you probably would get a kick out of making this a little sooner than later… So I’ve decided to give you a fun-little weekend recipe. A bevvy with character, a childhood favorite that’s simple and refreshing and one I happen to still love!

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Shirley Temple’s anyone?

I remember vividly. I was like 6, the place was Annie McPhee’s. It was like the ONLY restaurant in my then small town of Ortonville, Michigan. My family would get a giant pizza which came with the most amazing carb-loaded-house-made breadsticks I’d ever tasted. My sister Julie and I would kick back with a couple “Kiddie Cocktails” {aka A Shirley Temples}. I’d toss that orange slice aside and save the cherry for the very last. It was the forbidden fruit, that maraschino {which I still have to Google to spell check}, I could easily sit on the couch and eat a whole jar, even if I had to suffer from a tummy ache, it’d be worth it.


I like to use lemon-lime carbonated water, you definitely could use 7-up or Sprite but I think these are the perfect sweetness! My girls like these a lot and they’re crazy easy to make! You could also make other flavors and jazz these up by using different juices like pomegranate, currant or even blackberry! yumz.


Measure out 4 cups of cherry juice.


Add into a sauce pan…


…and bring to a simmer over moderate heat.


Reduce by half, which should take about 20-25 minutes.


Remove off of the heat and add in two cups of sugar. See? Who needs pop when you have all this sugar??


Give it a good stir and let cool completely.


Add some ice to a gigantic glass.


Add some of that fizz…


A little cherry syrup…


How purrrrty!


Complete with maraschino cherries and an orange wedge speared with one of those swashbucklers-sword toothpick thingies. So, so fun!  {and thirst quenching!}

ENJOY!


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Shirley Temple's with Homemade Cherry Grenadine

Ingredients:

4 cups Cherry Juice

2 cups Sugar

Lemon-Lime Sparkling Water

Orange Slices, for garnish

Maraschino Cherries, for garnish

A few Swashbuckler-Sword Thingies :)

Directions:

Heat the 4 cups of cherry juice over moderate heat until simmering. Reduce by half. Remove off of heat then add two cups of sugar, stir and let cool completely. Recipe makes about 3 cups of syrup. Leftover syrup can be stored in the fridge up to one month.

Fill glass 2/3 full of sparkling water, add a third of the cherry juice {more or less to taste} and garnish with fresh orange slices and maraschino cherries.

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26 Responses to “Shirley Temples with Homemade Cherry Grenadine”

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    Cathy — March 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    How long does the cherry juice keep? My girls loved Shirley Temples when they were kids and I'd love to surprise them with one now!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — March 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm

    I'd say up to a month! :)

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    Amanda — March 10, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    I loved Shirley Temples when I was a kid! I would always order them with extra cherries (the best part!), and I remember this one time they nearly added an entire jar of cherries to mine. I was in heaven. :)

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    Andrea the Kitchen Witch — March 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    This sounds really tasty and a lot more cherry flavored than just maraschino cherry juice in 7-up :) I'm going to have to make these for my daughter too! I think I'll add some gin to Mommy's!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — March 10, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Ohhh Andrea, I think you're onto something!!

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    Blog is the New Black — March 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Laurie, you always impress me!

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    Julia @The Roasted Root — March 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    homemade Shirley Temples…brilliant!

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    Made in Sonoma — March 10, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    Told blast from my childhood. Love that you made them homemade. :)

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    Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — March 10, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    My family use to go a small local Mexican restaurant in my hometown and I would ALWAYS get Shirley Temples with extra cherries. I still get these every once in a while when I feel like being a kid again. Thanks for the blast from the past!

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    Andrea — March 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    looks wonderful

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    Hester aka The Chef Doc — March 10, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    Oh, I love Shirley Temples :-) I can vividly remember my first time drinking one, too. I was on a ship for a wedding reception and was gobbling up those maraschino cherries, haha. Then, I remember spitting the stems out over the side of the ship, lol.

    But thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I love the homemade grenadine idea! Now, I have a question–is there a reason you

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    Bama Girl — March 11, 2012 at 4:51 am

    Laurie, thank you for this recipe! I love grenadine syrup, but I don't use it very often. If I make it, maybe I'll use it or freeze it. Blessings from Bama!

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 11, 2012 at 5:46 am

    Shirley Temples bring me back to my childhood. Can't wait to try these at home. And I love that you used mason jars.

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    THE TIPSY TART — March 11, 2012 at 7:28 am

    I love your blog, love the food you make and absolutely love your photos…you make everything looks absolutely fantastic.

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — March 11, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    I am honestly not sure I have ever had a Shirley Temple. I don't know how I made it through childhood without my parents letting me have one. We are going to have to have a serious talk this weekend, and then I will have to make these so I can try it!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — March 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    Hester~ you totally could!

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    Kiri W. — March 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    Wow, that looks delicious, actually! :) Great recipe, and I love the homemade grenadine!

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    Jessica @ How Sweet — March 12, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Absolutely LOVE these!! So cute.

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    Jewel at Eat.Drink.Shop.Love — March 12, 2012 at 3:41 am

    I love shirley temples! You just made my day.

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    Rochelle Ramos — March 12, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    It has got to be at least 15 years (if not more like 20) since I had my last Shirley temple! That drink brings up so many memories it's silly. I can't believe I've never tried to make it. I'll give the cherry grenadine a try, but I'll probably skip on the maraschino (I also had to scroll up to cut and past the word) cherries for either the jarred sour kind or fresh now that I&

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    Domestic Diva — March 12, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    OMG I can't wait to try these. I'm pregnant and have to stick to mocktails so I am super excited to try this!

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    Averie @ Averie Cooks — March 13, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I grew up drinking Shirley temples on special occasions. I love them! I need one right now and this syrup sounds killer!

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    katie@thehillcountrycook — March 21, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    OMG THESE LOOK SOOOOOOO GOOD LAUREN~!! Like, I need to make them tonight!! :)

    What do you use to add text to your photos now that picnick is leaving us?? :(

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    heather — July 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm

    made these today for my family… we loved them!!! thanks for the recipe :)

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