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Very Cherry Shirley Temple

Very Cherry Shirley Temple

The Shirley Temple is considered by many to be the original mocktail using a blend of soda and grenadine, garnished with a maraschino cherry on top. This recipe offers a lower-sugar-but-still-sweet version of the original that combines tart cherries with seltzer.


  • 2 beets, peeled
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted (fresh or frozen then thawed)
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 3 cups seltzer water
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 8 fresh cherries (or look for jarred maraschino cherries without corn syrup or added dyes)


  • Juice the beets, cherries and lemon. ⁣
  • In a large pitcher, stir together all ingredients except cherries.⁣
  • In four glasses, add 2 cherries each, then pour mixture in.⁣


If you’re having a hard time finding cherries, you can simplify this recipe by using 1 cup of no-added sugar cherry juice and 1/4 cup no-added sugar pomegranate juice.


Tart cherries can help aid sleep because they contain small amounts of both melatonin, a hormone that helps control the body’s sleep-wake cycle, and tryptophan, an amino acid that helps produce melatonin and can help you feel drowsy.