This homemade Shirley Temple is made with homemade grenadine for a delicious colorful drink! My favorite childhood beverage complete with sword toothpicks!

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 house-made breadsticks I’d ever tasted. My sister Julie and I would kick back with a couple “Kiddie Cocktails” (aka Shirley Temples) with a orange slice and cherry as garnish.

I’d toss that orange slice aside and save the cherry for the very last. It was the forbidden fruit, that maraschino. I could easily sit on the couch and eat a whole jar, make no bones about it.

I like to use lemon-lime carbonated water, you definitely could use 7-up or Sprite but I think this doesn’t make the drink overly sweet. 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…

Then bring the cherry juice to a simmer over moderate heat.

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

Next, 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.

Lastly, add some ice to a gigantic glass or wide-mouth jar.

Then I added in some of that fizz…

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A little cherry syrup…

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How purrrrty!

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

I hope you love this homemade Shirley Temple as much as we do!


Enjoy! And if you give this homemade shirley temple recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Shirley Temple's with Homemade Cherry Grenadine
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Shirley Temple's with Homemade Cherry Grenadine

Finally a homemade Shirley Temple made with homemade grenadine for a delicious colorful drink! Complete with sword toothpicks!

Prep Time 25 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes


  • 4 cups all-natural cherry juice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • lemon-lime sparkling water or 7-up soda
  • orange slices, for garnish
  • maraschino cherries, for garnish
  • sword toothpicks


  1. 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.
  2. Recipe makes about 3 cups of syrup. Leftover syrup can be stored in the fridge up to one month.
  3. Fill glass 2/3 full of sparkling water or 7-up, add a third of the cherry juice (more or less to taste) and garnish with fresh orange slices and maraschino cherries.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 225Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 62mgCarbohydrates: 58gFiber: 0gSugar: 56gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

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