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.  

Sour Cherry Shirley Temples 780 | Umami Girl

Tip

An all-natural ginger ale or lemon-lime soda works well here, if you’re into that sort of thing.

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Sour Cherry Shirley Temples

This recipe may have been enabled by nature's bounty, but truth be told it was inspired by the fact that our local liquor store is...not awesome. They don't carry grenadine, and they're not even sure what it is. Rather than spend our time wondering WTF, we opted to make our own version.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Serves Serves 4

Ingredients

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Nutrition Information

Amount Per Serving:

Calories:: 65

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