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 beverage with history, 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 6-ish, 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.

TO Make These Shirley Temples You Will Need:

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

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 4 cups of cherry juice.

Pour the juice 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 2 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.

Fill the glass 3/4 of the way with lemon lime soda.

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Top with the 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! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!

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Yield: 10 servings

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!


  • 4 cups all-natural cherry juice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 liter lemon-lime soda
  • orange slices, for garnish
  • maraschino cherries, for garnish
  • sword toothpicks


  • 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 or 7-up, add a third of the cherry juice (more or less to taste) and garnish with fresh orange slices and maraschino cherries.
Serving: 1glass, Calories: 288kcal, Carbohydrates: 73g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 28mg, Potassium: 164mg, Sugar: 70g, Calcium: 12mg, Iron: 1mg