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When I saw this recipe for homemade Shirley Temples I was immediately transported back to growing up in Long Beach, California and going to the bowling alley. (I wish I could remember the name of it!) One of my favorite things to do was to order a Shirley Temple at the “bar”. Not only were they a sweet, bubbly treat….I felt super cool ordering one! I couldn’t have been more than 10 or 12 at the time. ;-) Funny after all these years that memory is so vivid to me! The ability that tastes, smells, and sounds have to transport us to another place and time is truly remarkable. I think that’s why I was so drawn to this recipe from Laurie at Simply Scratch and found myself making it before I even realized it. A delicious treat from my youth made all the sweeter by the wonderful memories it evoked for me. I hope you enjoy it too.
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Cool 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 285 kcal
Author: Jillee


  • 4 Cups Cherry juice
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 Citrus slices for garnish
  • 100 grams Maraschino Cherries for garnish


  1. Heat the 4 cups of cherry juice over moderate heat until it begins to simmer.  

  2. Continue simmering until the juice is reduced by half. (This step took about an hour. But basically you just “set it and forget it”).

  3. Remove from heat and add two cups of sugar, stir until dissolved and then let cool completely.

  4. To “mix” your Shirley Temple….fill a glass with ice…
  5. Add 2/3 sparkling water, and 1/3 third grenadine (more or less to taste)…
  6. Garnish with citrus slices and maraschino cherries.
Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 285
% Daily Value*
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 231mg7%
Carbohydrates 72g24%
Sugar 68g76%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 8.7mg11%
Calcium 23mg2%
Iron 0.8mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.