When I was little, one of my favorite things was when my parents allowed us to order a Shirley Temple or Roy Rogers. If you haven’t ever had one, they are drinks named after movie stars from the 1930s. I preferred the pink Shirley Temple and always felt so grown up when I ordered one. So I thought it would be fun to come up with a Shirley Temple Recipe to share with my kids. It is perfect for Valentine’s Day!
This is a fun spin on that classic Shirley Temple drink. It is colorful and oh so tasty, as well as a bit healthier than the original. A traditional Shirley Temple recipe uses grenadine, but I’ll be honest HFCS makes me kind of squeamish, so I opted for cherry juice instead. My kids loved them!
I found a heart-shaped ice cub tray that I used to freeze the cherry juice in. It added a fun touch, and as the cubes melted, the drink became a more and more vibrant pink. I found my ice cube tray at Target, but I have also seen them at Dollar Tree and in Walmart’s seasonal area.
Valentine’s Day Shirley Temple Recipe
- lemon-Lime soda (I used Whole Foods’ store brand)
- cherry juice (I used Cherribundi)
- jarred Maraschino cherries (I used Merry Maraschino)
- heart-shaped ice cube tray (try target or Dollar Tree)
- Pour cherry juice into your heart-shaped ice cube tray and free overnight.*
- When ready to serve, pour lemon-lime soda into a glass and add a splash of juice from the jar of cherries.
- Drop in a cherry.
- Add 4-5 cherry juice ice cubes. As the cubes melt, the drink becomes such a vibrant red. So pretty!
Download your FREE “Sweet Thing” Valentine’s Day Straw Flags and print on matte photo paper or card stock. Trim, wrap around a straw and seal closed with a glue dot or double-sided tape. The pink stripey straws I found at Hobby Lobby.
These straw flags would also be cute wrapped around a lollipop!