A Roy Rogers Drink is a classic mocktail made up of cola and grenadine. Since it's non-alcoholic, it's totally kid-friendly. But I have a feeling that the adults will love this drink, too!
🌟 Why You'll Love This Recipe
It's so easy to make. All you have to do is pour a couple of ingredients into a glass over ice!
It's sweet and delicious. Cola + grenadine = sweet and tasty.
It can be made into a cocktail, if desired. Add a shot of vodka if you'd prefer a cocktail instead of a mocktail.
💭 What is a Roy Rogers Drink?
A Roy Rogers Drink is a non-alcoholic mixed drink (sometimes called a "mocktail") named after the actor and singer Roy Rogers.
It's a sweet concoction that's somewhat similar to another famous mocktail, the Shirley Temple.
This is a sweet and satisfying sip. The kiddos will like it because it's sweet. Plus the addition of grenadine and a maraschino cherry make plain cola feel downright fancy. And the adults will like it, too, because it tastes good, of course. Plus, if the big kids feel the need to make this into an adult beverage, all one would need to do is add a shot of vodka or other liquor into the mix.
🤠 Who was Roy Rogers?
The man, the myth, the legend... But no, really. Who is Roy Rogers? I didn't know who he was (let alone if he was a real, actual person) when I first discovered this drink. I had to do a bit of googling. Here's what I learned:
Roy Rogers was an American singer and actor, often starring in Westerns, who was known as the"King of the Cowboys." He even had his own radio, and later television, show that was aptly titled The Roy Rogers Show. In his later years, he also lent his moniker to the chain of Roy Rogers restaurants.
📝 What's in a Roy Rogers Drink?
Just two ingredients! Well, three if you include the garnish.
- Grenadine: Grenadine is a sweet pomegranate-flavored bar syrup. Many people mistakenly think that grenadine is cherry-flavored. Nope, it's pomegranate! Try to find a good quality grenadine or make your own grenadine at home.
- Cola: Coke would be a natural choice here. I prefer MexiCoke (Mexican Coca Cola) because it's made with cane sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup (like the Coke that's made in the U.S.). You can't miss it, as it's sold in glass bottles. We tend to find ours at Costco.
- Maraschino cherry: Just because we're making a mocktail doesn't mean that we shouldn't try to make the drink look as pretty as possible, right?
🔀 Substitutions or Variations
- Swap lemon lime soda for the cola. Make yourself a delicious Shirley Temple!
- Make it a cocktail. Add a shot of vodka or other spirit of choice and make a cocktail. Think of it like the cola-laden cousin of the Dirty Shirley.
👩🏻🍳 How do you make it?
Step 1. Fill a tall glass with ice.
Step 2. Pour grenadine into the glass.
Step 3. Top everything off with cola.
Step 4. Give the drink a gentle stir.
Step 5. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
❓ Recipe FAQs
Sure, if you like. If the sugar content is a concern (e.g., if you have diabetes), you can also seek out a sugar-free grenadine.
A Shirley Temple uses lemon lime soda, whereas a Roy Rogers uses cola. Other than that, they're pretty much the same!
Sure can! I mentioned that you could toss a shot of vodka into this drink, if you so desired, but feel free to use whatever liquor you fancy.
🔗 Other family- and kid-friendly drinks
On the lookout for other delicious and fun non-alcoholic drinks? Check these out:
Roy Rogers Drink
- 0.5 ounces grenadine
- 6 ounces cola
- maraschino cherry for garnish
- Pour the grenadine into a tall glass filled with ice.
- Top with cola and stir gently.
- Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
- You can make this a cocktail by adding a shot of vodka
Disclaimer: Nutritional information is a generated estimate and is not guaranteed to be accurate.