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The Shirley Temple grew up, and it’s even better as a margarita


This margarita is all about nostalgia — and great flavors, of course.

The minute you taste this delicious margarita, it will bring back childhood memories of drinking a Shirley Temple. Even though this Shirley Temple is made for adults, it still comes with the classic maraschino cherries.

Shirley temple margarita with salt

When I was a kid, one of my favorite things about enjoying a Shirley Temple was eating the cherry. And now that I’m a big kid, I still love the cherries, which is why I put extra in this margarita.

Shirley Temple Margarita with Lime

So when you’re feeling nostalgic, make yourself a Shirley Temple with a spiked twist to it, margarita style. And don’t forget to add extra cherries.

Shirley Temple margarita in glass

Shirley Temple margarita recipe

A childhood favorite drink with a spiked twist to it, this Shirley Temple margarita is made with lime and extra cherries.

Serves 2

Total time: 10 minutes


  • 1/4 cup grenadine syrup
  • 3 cups lemon-lime soda
  • 1/3 cup tequila (4 ounces)
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 3 cups ice cubes (for the margarita)
  • Margarita salt, for rimming the glass (optional)
  • 1 lime quarter, for rimming the glass (optional)
  • 1/2 cup ice cubes (optional)
  • 6 maraschino cherries, stems on, for garnish
  • 2 lime slices, for garnish


  1. To a blender, add the grenadine syrup, lemon-lime soda, tequila, lime juice and ice.
  2. Blend on the smoothie setting.
  3. Rim the serving glasses with a quarter piece of lime.
  4. Rim the serving glasses with margarita salt.
  5. Add 2 cherries to the bottom of each serving glass.
  6. Add small ice cubes to each serving glass.
  7. Pour the margarita mixture into the serving glasses, and garnish with lime and a cherry.
  8. Serve right away.

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