Valentine’s Day Shirley Temple Recipe + Free Printable

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!

Valentine's Day Shirley Temples by Three Little Monkeys Studio

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!

Valentine's Day Shirley Temples by Three Little Monkeys Studio

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)


  1. Pour cherry juice into your heart-shaped ice cube tray and free overnight.*
  2. When ready to serve, pour lemon-lime soda into a glass and add a splash of juice from the jar of cherries.
  3. Drop in a cherry.
  4. Add 4-5 cherry juice ice cubes. As the cubes melt, the drink becomes such a vibrant red. So pretty!

Sweet Thing Valentine's Day Straw Flags by Three Little Monkeys Studio

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!


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