Sour Cherry Shirley Temple Recipe
Our little ones love Shirley Temples. This easy homemade Shirley Temple recipe uses sour cherries and a bit of sugar to make a brightly colored, delicious syrup that swaps in for the traditional grenadine.
An all-natural ginger ale or lemon-lime soda works well here, if you’re into that sort of thing.
- 2 tablespoons sour cherry syrup (or more to taste)
- Ginger ale or lemon-lime soda
- Combine cherries, sugar and water in a small pot and set over medium-high heat to boil. Reduce heat to maintain a brisk simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid has turned red and thickened slightly, 10-15 minutes. Pour through a fine mesh strainer to remove cherries. Chill syrup or let it cool on the counter.
- Fill glasses with ice and pour in ginger ale or lemon-lime soda until glass is 3/4 full. Stir in 2 tablespoons sour cherry syrup (or more to taste). Deliver immediately into little hands, garnished with a fresh sour cherry or a maraschino cherry if you like.