Shirley Temple Black Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Shirley Temple Black is a twist on the classic Shirley Temple, a non-alcoholic mixed drink traditionally made with ginger ale, a splash of grenadine, and garnished with a maraschino cherry. The original drink was named after the famous child actress Shirley Temple. The 'Black' addition to the name is a playful nod to her married surname, as well as the addition of a splash of cola to darken the drink.

  • Who Would Like It:
    • Fans of sweet, non-alcoholic beverages.
    • Those who enjoy classic mocktails with a twist.
    • People looking for a festive drink without alcohol.

How Shirley Temple Black Tastes?

The Shirley Temple Black is delightfully sweet with a slight tang from the grenadine. The ginger ale provides a gentle fizz, while the cola adds a subtle caramel undertone. It's a refreshing and light beverage, perfect for sipping on a warm day or at a social gathering where alcohol is not desired.

Interesting facts about Shirley Temple Black

  • The original Shirley Temple drink was created in the 1930s.
  • Shirley Temple herself was not a fan of the drink named after her, as she considered it too sweet.
  • The addition of cola to create the Shirley Temple Black is a more recent innovation, reflecting a trend towards reinventing classic mocktails.


  • Ginger ale: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Grenadine: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Cola: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Maraschino cherry: 1

A few good options for Shirley Temple Black are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Ginger Ale

  • Ginger Ale is the backbone of this mocktail, providing a crisp, bubbly base with a hint of ginger sharpness. Make it 4 oz, because it's just the right amount to fill up your glass without overwhelming the other flavors. If you skimp on it, your drink might taste flat. If you're out of ginger ale, a good ginger beer can dial up the spice factor.

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  • Grenadine offers the sweet, deep, red flavor that's iconic in a Shirley Temple. At 0.5 oz, it's sweet enough without turning into a sugary mess. Leaving it out? You're basically just having ginger ale with a twist. An alternative could be a dash of raspberry syrup if you crave that berry vibe.

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  • Cola adds depth and a touch of complexity with its caramel notes; 1 oz is just enough to color the drink and add character without hijacking the profile. Without it, you lose that signature dark layer. No cola on hand? Try a splash of root beer for a slightly different spin.

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Maraschino Cherry

  • The cherry on top! Well, it's actually IN the drink. It's not just a pretty garnish; it adds a hint of cherry flavor and pulls the whole drink together. No cherry? No problem, but you're missing out on that classic look (and it's kind of like going to a party without your shoes - noticeable!).

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Recipe. How to make Shirley Temple Black Drink

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Pour ginger ale and grenadine over the ice.
  3. Top with a splash of cola for color.
  4. Gently stir to combine.
  5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • To ensure a layered effect, pour the grenadine slowly over the back of a spoon.
  • Chill the ginger ale and cola beforehand to keep the drink colder for longer without diluting it too quickly with melting ice.
  • For an extra touch of sophistication, rim the glass with sugar or use a fancy cocktail cherry.

Perfect Pairings


  • Light Appetizers: The crisp and refreshing nature of a Shirley Temple Black pairs wonderfully with light and simple appetizers like bruschetta, caprese skewers, or shrimp cocktails. It's a great way to begin a meal without overpowering the palate.
  • Fried Snacks: The sweetness of Shirley Temple Black can contrast nicely with fried and salty snacks such as french fries, onion rings, or chicken tenders. The ginger ale's carbonation helps cleanse the palate between bites.
  • Desserts: This non-alcoholic cocktail goes hand in hand with many desserts, especially those with a fruit component. Try it with apple pie, fruit tarts, or a chocolate fondue for a delightful combination.


  • Water: Stick to simple, especially during a meal, to keep the flavors of food and Shirley Temple Black separate and unadulterated.
  • Iced Tea: A non-sweetened iced tea can provide a refreshing and contrasting beverage pairing for those who prefer a less sugary combination.

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What you could change in Shirley Temple Black

  • Ginger Ale: Can be substituted with any clear carbonated beverage like club soda for a less sweet version.
  • Grenadine: Pomegranate syrup can be used as an alternative.
  • Cola: A diet version can be used to reduce sugar content.

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And of course - twists🍹

Classic With A Fizzy Twist

  • Replace ginger ale with sparkling lime water for a tangier edge.
  • Ingredients: 4 oz sparkling lime water, 0.5 oz grenadine, 1 oz cola, 1 maraschino cherry.
  • Recipe: Same as above but with the lime fizz. It'll be less sweet and offer a zesty kick – like a soda pop wearing a little lime perfume.

Tropical Shirley

  • Add pineapple juice for a fruity tropical twist.
  • Ingredients: 3 oz ginger ale, 1 oz pineapple juice, 0.5 oz grenadine, 1 oz cola, 1 maraschino cherry.
  • Recipe: Begin with pineapple juice over ice, then follow the original recipe. It should be a sweet getaway in a glass, giving you vacation vibes with each sip.

Berry Temple Black

  • Swap grenadine for blackberry syrup for a berrylicious variation.
  • Ingredients: 4 oz ginger ale, 1 oz blackberry syrup, 1 oz cola, 1 maraschino cherry.
  • Recipe: Mix like the classic but with the blackberry twist. It'll taste like a bubbly blackberry pie, and you'll wonder why you haven't been putting blackberries in everything.

In case you forgot basics how to make Shirley Temple Black

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Shirley Temple Black

Can the Shirley Temple Black be served at a formal event?

Absolutely! The Shirley Temple Black, with its elegant appearance and non-alcoholic nature, makes it a suitable option for guests who prefer a sophisticated mocktail at formal events.

Is the Shirley Temple Black appropriate for children?

Yes, the Shirley Temple Black is a fun and fancy drink option for children's parties or as a special treat, given that it doesn't contain any alcohol.

How can I adjust the sweetness level of this cocktail?

If you find the Shirley Temple Black too sweet, you can reduce the amount of grenadine or use a sugar-free cola to cut down on the sweetness.

Can I use fresh cherries instead of maraschino cherries?

Definitely! Fresh cherries can be a healthier garnish option, adding a fresh and less sugary taste to the Shirley Temple Black.

What kind of ice should I use for the Shirley Temple Black?

For the best presentation and slower dilution, use large ice cubes or spheres. These keep the drink cold while maintaining its flavor longer.

Is there a way to make the Shirley Temple Black into an alcoholic beverage?

For those who would like an alcoholic version, adding a splash of vodka or rum can transform the Shirley Temple Black into a spirited cocktail.

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