I'm a little embarrassed to say that with all these years of ordering Shirley Temples for my kids, I've never known what exactly goes into one. With The Niece's birthday lunch coming up and my wanting to serve a festive drink, I can now tell you not only what goes into Shirley Temples, but what grenadine is.
Grenadine is a bright red syrup made from pomegranate and sugar. After
reading that commercially bottled grenadine contains these ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, water, citric acid, sodium citrate, sodium benzoate, FD&C Red #40, and FD&C Blue #1, I made the easy decision to make my own grenadine.
Simply buy a bottle of POM pomegranate juice. Dissolve ¼ cup of sugar in 1 cup of juice over medium heat and then boil it for about 5 minutes or until it's slightly thickened.
Shirley Temples were traditionally made with ginger ale, grenadine and a dash or orange juice, but nowadays an orange slice suffices for the oj. (I forgot to add it for the kids.)
splash of grenadine
orange slice for garnish