Roy Rogers Drink Recipe

Have some fun with this easy-to-make three-ingredient mocktail. This kid-friendly drink is not just for kids. It’s a drink for everyone to enjoy and get excited about.

Roy Rogers drink
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Roy Rogers Drink

Drink recipes are some of my kid’s favorite recipes to try out. They love it when I’m in the kitchen whipping up cotton candy mocktails, Shirley Temple drinks, and Red, White, and Blue Layered Drinks.

You only need three simple ingredients, and you are on your way to making this delicious drink. Ok, technically, it’s four ingredients, but the fourth ingredient is ice, so we aren’t counting that one.

What is a Roy Rogers Drink?

ingredients for Roy Rogers Drink

The drink Roy Rogers, which originated in the 1940s, is named after the famous singer Roy Rogers. Apparently, Roy Rogers did not drink alcohol and would order non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy.

Much like the Shirley Temple, it is made with grenadine and soda, but instead of Sprit or Gingerale, it has Cola. Roy Rogers was said to be the male variation of Shirley Temple, who was named after the actress Shirley Temple.

If I had to compare it to a drink, I would say it is a lot like a homemade Cherry Cola that you would have ordered from a soda shop, back in the good old days.

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Ingredients Needed

What is in a Roy Rogers Drink? If you are ready to make this delicious drink, let’s get to it. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Ice: I’m sure you’ve noticed four ingredients in this list when I reported three above. I’m not counting ice as an ingredient, but you really do need it for this drink so be sure to get some.
  • Grenadine: This is a simple syrup that tastes like maraschino cherry juice. You can get it at almost any grocery store in the drink aisle.
  • Cola – I have a feeling most people will say it has to be Coca-Cola because that’s an American classic like Roy Rogers, but I think you could use Pepsi or RC Cola.
  • Maraschino Cherries: Get yourself a whole jar of cherries because why stop at one when you can garnish with two or three?

Equipment Needed

The glasses that are classic to this Roy Rogers Cocktail are highball glasses also knows and collins glasses, but you can use whatever you have on hand. I used Mason Jar glasses.

How to Make a Roy Rogers Drink

You are going to love how easy this drink is to make. Here’s what you’ll need to do

Fill a glass with ice – all the way to the tippy top

making Roy Rogers drink - cup filled with ice

Pour the Grenadine Syrup – This goes over the ice and looks so pretty

ice and grenadine in glass

Add the Cola – This will mix with the grenadine at the bottom, but give it a good stir anyway

glass filled with ice and cola

Garnish – Add maraschino cherries to the top of this drink and a straw, You are ready to enjoy your delicious and easy Roy Rogers Drink

Roy Rogers Drink

Customizing Your Roy Rogers Drink

It’s easy to change the recipe up.

To get more of a cherry flavor add more grenadine

Want less cherry flavor and more Cola? Then, ease off the grenadine and add more soda.

For you Diet Cola lovers out there, use Diet Coke instead of regular

Garnishes You Might Enjoy

Fresh Mint: Throw a couple of fresh mint sprigs for a minty Roy Rogers Drink

A Lime Wedge: Add a lime wedge for others to squeeze a bit into their drink for a citrus addition to this fun kid-friendly mocktail

Lemon Wedge: For a citrus twist and a garnish of lemon to enjoy with this drink


Substitute Sprite for the Cola and you have yourself a Shirley Temple. My kids love Shirley Temple Drinks.

Make Ahead and Storage

You do not want to make this ahead. The ice melts into the soda watering it down and it loses all flavor, so drink this up right away.

Roy Rogers Drink

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    Printable Recipe for Roy Rogers Drink

    Roy Rogers Drink

    Roy Rogers Drink Recipe

    A fun summer mocktail for kids to enjoy
    5 from 1 vote
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    Course: Drinks
    Cuisine: American
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes
    Servings: 1 people
    Calories: 199cal
    Author: Melissa Haines
    Cost: $5


    • 2 tbsp grenadine syrup
    • 8 oz. cola


    • 2 maraschino cherries


    • Fill a cup with ice
    • Pour grenadine syrup over the ice
    • Pour the the cola into the cup
    • Give it a good stir
    • Top with a cherry and an optional lemon wedge


    Add more grenadine to give this drink a deeper cherry flavor 
    nutrition facts are only an estimate 


    Calories: 199cal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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