In this post: A classic Shirley Temple Recipe the way it should be – made with Orange Juice. Plus a version with alcohol for the adults!

Ya gotta love a good drink recipe. And this Shirley Temple drink recipe does not disappoint even the adults! 


Yes, yes. I know the Shirley Temple is totally a child’s drink.

Really, I do.

But for me it comes with such happy memories. Memories of holidays with my family and visiting with my grandma. Shirley Temples also happen to be a favorite of my kids. Our girls especially. 

shirley temple, orange slice, cherry, red striped straw

What is a Shirley Temple?

A Shirley Temple is a non-alcoholic drink, likely created for and named after the young actress, Shirley Temple. Ironically, she apparently didn’t like the drink, saying in interviews that it was too sweet! 

I created this recipe to have at home because I’ve noticed something lately when we order Shirley Temples at a restaurant. There’s no orange juice. Just lemon lime soda and grenadine. Which is totally weird to me. There was always orange juice when I was growing up.

To make a Shirley Temple with orange juice:

Fill a glass half-full with ice cubes. Then add a half a cup of orange juice and half a cup of Sprite or 7UP. Then gently pour in a tablespoon of grenadine. Top with an orange slice wrapped cherry on a cocktail stick. Serve immediately. 

Yield: 1 serving

Classic Shirley Temple Recipe

shirley temple, orange slice, cherry, red striped straw

A classic Shirley Temple Recipe the way it should be - made with Orange Juice.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/2 cup ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup Sprite or 7UP
  • 1-2 Tbsp Grenadine
  • 1-2 maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 slice naval orange


  1. Fill glass half full with ice cubes.
  2. Add orange juice and then soda.
  3. Gently add Grenadine.
  4. Top with cherry and orange slice.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 388Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 64mgCarbohydrates: 97gFiber: 1gSugar: 85gProtein: 1g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily via Nutrifox.

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Shirley Temple Recipe Video Tutorial

If you want to see how I make Shirley Temples in our kitchen, check out the video below:


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Wanna make a hard version of this Shirley Temple recipe (with alcohol)? 

Yup that’s totally a thing. It’s called – ahem – a Dirty Shirley. 

Don’t blame me I didn’t make it up! 

Anyway, to make a Dirty Shirley just add 1.5 ounces of rum or vodka to the glass before you add the grenadine.


Something else altogether!

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What do you think – orange juice or no orange juice in your Shirley Temple? Can you think of an occasion to make these?


P.S. Like this drink? Maybe you’ll like our other drinks too?

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