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Shirley Temple Mimosa

This Shirley Temple Mimosa swaps lemon-lime soda with champagne for an elevated twist on this classic drink. Perfect for a New Year’s Eve drink or a Sunday brunch.

I love substituting soda or soda water with Champagne in a cocktail and doing this with a classic Shirley Temple is a fun way to enjoy champagne. I call this drink a Shirley Temple Mimosa but it can also be called a Champagne Shirley Temple or a Dirty Shirley Mimosa. It’s a delicious twist no matter what you call it!

Shirley Temple Mimosa

What is a Shirley Temple Drink?

A Shirley Temple is a non-alcoholic mixed drink traditionally made with lemon-lime soda (or ginger ale), a splash of grenadine, and garnished with a fluorescent maraschino cherry. Named for a 1930s childhood star, Shirley Temple became famous for movies like Annie and Bright Eyes and her rendition of the song “On a Good Ship Lollipop.”

The name of this very popular mocktail is sure to be recognized by bartenders and at restaurants anywhere you go but you might have to ask for the mimosa version by ingredients.

What is a Dirty Shirley?

A Dirty Shirley is an alcoholic spin on the classic Shirley Temple and is made with lemon-lime soda, grenadine and typically vodka but other spirits may be substituted.

Why You’ll Love This Shirley Temple Mimosa

  • A fun conversation starter on a childhood drink with a twist.
  • For those who like a little more than champagne.
  • It’s a light and refreshing cocktail for a hot summer day.
  • The festive wintery colors make this drink equally as perfect for a holiday cocktail party.

Mimosa Ingredients

This Shirley Temple Cocktail requires just a few simple ingredients.

Look for Natural Brut, Extra Brut, or Brut on the label. I like Cava or California sparkling wine as a substitute. A Prosecco leans on the sweeter side, if you prefer. Here is a quick primer on which sparkling wine to choose.

  • Champagne or Sparkling Wine: Save the expensive Champagne for a New Years Eve toast since this is a mixed cocktail. Choose a sparkling wine you like to drink. I prefer a dry sparkling wine such as Cava or California sparkling wine that has Natural Brut, Extra Brut, or Brut on the label. A Rosé champagne pairs well with this cocktail mix too.
  • Grenadine: Grenadine is a non-alcoholic syrup made with pomegranate juice, granulated sugar, and lemon juice. You can make homemade grenadine by boiling equal parts pomegranate juice and granulated sugar and adding lime juice after.
  • Lemon-Lime Soda: Any lemon-lime soda will work such as Sprite or 7UP.
  • Garnish: Add a maraschino cherry for a little flair.

(Scroll down to the bottom for the printable recipe card with exact measurements and recipe instructions.)

How to Make a Shirley Temple Mimosa

A Shirley Temple Mimosa comes together in just 5 minutes.

  1. Add chilled lemon-lime soda and grenadine into a chilled champagne flute.
  2. Top with chilled champagne.
  3. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Shirley Temple Mimosa Tips

  • Chill the Flute & Champagne: Chill the champagne and also the flute for 30 minutes
  • Adjust the Grenadine: To adjust the fruitiness and sweetness of this drink, increase or decrease the amount of grenadine to this recipe.
  • Add lime juice: For an extra citrusy flavor add fresh squeezed lime, or even lemon juice, to this cocktail.
  • Serve immediately: This drink is best served immediately while it’s chilled and before bubbly goes flat.
  • Go All Champagne: Instead of half and half champagne and soda, try champagne only and add a little lime juice for the citrus flavor.
Shirley Temple Mimosa

Shirley Temple Mimosa

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes

This Shirley Temple Mimosa swaps out lemon-lime soda with champagne for an elevated twist on this classic drink. Perfect for a New Year’s Eve drink or a Sunday brunch.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces champagne or sparkling wine
  • 4 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 1 ounce grenadine
  • 1 Maraschino cherry, garnish

Instructions

    1. Add chilled lemon-lime soda and grenadine into a chilled champagne flute.
    2. Top with chilled champagne.
    3. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Notes

1 ounce = 2 tablespoons or 4 ounces = 1/2 cup

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 223Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 26mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 0gSugar: 27gProtein: 0g

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Monique McArthur is a mother of two, writer, and creator of delicious recipes. In her spare time she enjoys exploring all that Orange County has to offer, traveling, shopping, running with her dogs and spending time with family.

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