What Is a Recipe for a Shirley Temple Drink?


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A Shirley Temple is an easy to make drink that only requires three ingredients. Lemon-lime soda, grenadine, and maraschino cherries are all it takes to make this classic tasty drink.

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While the Shirley Temple has many variations, the base recipe is very consistent. To start, fill a highball glass with ice for serving. Measure 1/4 cup of lemon-lime soda, such as Sprite or 7 Up, and pour it over the ice. Next, take 1 1/2 tablespoons of the grenadine syrup and add it to the soda. If you're making a larger batch, the general soda to grenadine ratio is eight to one. To finish off the drink, top it with any number of maraschino cherries, though a glass usually only has one or two.

Alternatively, you can make a Shirley Temple with ginger ale instead of lemon-lime soda. Some bartenders add a splash of orange juice or an orange slice.

There are also many alcoholic versions of the drink, one being made with half as much vodka as the measurement for soda. A Dirty Shirley uses equal parts light rum and cherry liqueur; it uses only half of the soda found in a traditional Shirley Temple. Gin and whiskey are also occasionally added to the recipe.

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