Roy Rogers Mocktail Drink

Roy Rogers

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Try this Roy Rogers recipe if you want an easy and tasty drink. With simple ingredients, you can make a cocktail that everyone will enjoy.

Roy Rogers Drink Recipe

Try this Roy Rogers recipe for a quick and tasty drink! Mix cola and Grenadine, add a cherry, and you're ready.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

163 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cola
  • 1 oz grenadine
  • Ice cubes
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish, optional
  • Lemon or orange slice, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Grenadine: Pour 1 oz grenadine over the ice.
  • Add Cola: Measure and pour 1 cup Cola into the glass.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Drop a maraschino cherry or a slice of lemon or orange into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Cola: Root beer makes a decent substitute if you don't have cola. I've tried it, and it adds a unique twist to the drink.
  • Grenadine: No grenadine? You can make a homemade version by reducing pomegranate juice with some sugar. It won't be the same but it'll do in a pinch.

Making a Pitcher of Roy Rogers:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 cups of cola and 8 oz of Grenadine.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the cola and Grenadine. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with a maraschino cherry and a slice of lemon or orange, and serve immediately.

Making it Vegan:

  • Maraschino Cherry: Traditional maraschino cherries often use non-vegan coloring or preservatives. Opt for vegan-certified maraschino cherries.
  • Cola: Most mainstream colas are vegan, but checking the label for animal-derived ingredients is always good.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
163
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sodium
 
17
mg
1
%
Carbohydrates
 
42
g
14
%
Sugar
 
34
g
38
%
Potassium
 
13
mg
0
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Calcium
 
6
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.3
mg
2
%

 

Roy Rogers Mocktail Drink

Roy Rogers Drink Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Try this Roy Rogers recipe for a quick and tasty drink! Mix cola and Grenadine, add a cherry, and you're ready.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 163

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup Cola
  • 1 oz grenadine
  • Ice cubes
  • Maraschino cherry - for garnish, optional
  • Lemon or orange slice - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Grenadine: Pour 1 oz grenadine over the ice.
  • Add Cola: Measure and pour 1 cup Cola into the glass.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Drop a maraschino cherry or a slice of lemon or orange into the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Cola: Root beer makes a decent substitute if you don't have cola. I've tried it, and it adds a unique twist to the drink.
  • Grenadine: No grenadine? You can make a homemade version by reducing pomegranate juice with some sugar. It won't be the same but it'll do in a pinch.

Making a Pitcher of Roy Rogers:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 8 cups of cola and 8 oz of Grenadine.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the cola and Grenadine. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, garnish with a maraschino cherry and a slice of lemon or orange, and serve immediately.

Making it Vegan:

  • Maraschino Cherry: Traditional maraschino cherries often use non-vegan coloring or preservatives. Opt for vegan-certified maraschino cherries.
  • Cola: Most mainstream colas are vegan, but checking the label for animal-derived ingredients is always good.

What is a Roy Rogers Mocktail?

A Roy Rogers is a non-alcoholic cocktail featuring cola, Grenadine, and a maraschino cherry for garnish. This drink is a hit for kids and adults, offering a sweet and bubbly experience. Often considered the counterpart to the Shirley Temple, the Roy Rogers has stood the test of time as a beloved mocktail.

A side shot of a Roy Rgoers mocktail in a highball glass on a white marmol table with a shaker and a jigger on the background

What is a Non-alcoholic Roy Rogers drink made of – The ingredients

To start mixing together your Roy Rogers, collect these ingredients:

  • Cola: Provides the effervescent base and sweetness for the drink.
  • Grenadine: Adds a fruity, tart layer to balance the cola.
  • Ice Cubes: Keep the drink chilled and refreshing.
  • Maraschino Cherry: Serves as a garnish, offering a pop of color and a bite of sweetness.
  • Lemon or Orange Slice: Optional garnish that adds a citrusy note.

Black olives, Cola and Grenadine, laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Roy Rogers drink?

To achieve a balanced Roy Rogers mocktail, follow our easy instructions:

1
<p>Fill your highball glass with ice cubes to prepare it for the drink.</p>

Fill your highball glass with ice cubes to prepare it for the drink.

2
<p>Pour 1 oz of Grenadine over the ice to lay the foundation for the cocktail’s sweetness.</p>

Pour 1 oz of Grenadine over the ice to lay the foundation for the cocktail’s sweetness.

3
<p>Mix 1 cup of cola into the glass with the Grenadine.</p>

Mix 1 cup of cola into the glass with the Grenadine.

4
<p>Stir the ingredients gently using a bar spoon to ensure they blend well.</p>

Stir the ingredients gently using a bar spoon to ensure they blend well.

5
<p>Drop a maraschino cherry into the glass as a colorful and sweet garnish. Optionally, add a slice of lemon or orange for an extra citrusy kick. </p>

Drop a maraschino cherry into the glass as a colorful and sweet garnish. Optionally, add a slice of lemon or orange for an extra citrusy kick.

6
<p>Enjoy your Roy Rogers drink!</p>

Enjoy your Roy Rogers drink!

What is the Difference between a Roy Rogers Mocktail and a Shirley Temple Mocktail?

The Roy Rogers uses cola as its base, giving it a darker color and a more robust, caramel-like flavor. In contrast, the Shirley Temple typically uses ginger ale or lemon-lime soda, resulting in a lighter, more citrusy taste. While both drinks use Grenadine for sweetness and color, the Shirley Temple often includes a splash of orange juice, adding another layer of fruitiness. The garnishes also differ: a Roy Rogers usually features a maraschino cherry and sometimes a slice of lemon or orange, while a Shirley Temple is adorned with a cherry and a slice of orange.

Roy Rogers with Whiskey – Dirty Roy Rogers

A Roy Rogers with whiskey is a spirited twist on the classic non-alcoholic mocktail. The drink transforms into an adult beverage by adding whiskey to the traditional mix of cola and Grenadine. The whiskey introduces complexity, warmth, and depth, making it suitable for those looking for a cocktail experience. This version retains the sweet and fruity characteristics of the original version but adds the kick and flavor nuances of whiskey.

A side shot of a Roy Rogers mocktail in a highbal glass on a white marmol table

Is Roy Rogers the same as Cherry Coke?

While Roy Rogers and Cherry Coke offer a cherry-infused, cola-based experience, they’re not the same. Cherry Coke is a pre-flavored soda that blends cola and cherry flavoring in a single bottle or can. On the other hand, a Roy Rogers is a crafted drink that combines cola with Grenadine, a pomegranate-based syrup, to achieve its cherry-like sweetness. The Grenadine adds a fruity note and a layer of complexity that you won’t find in a straightforward Cherry Coke. Plus, the Roy Rogers offers additional garnishes like a maraschino cherry or a slice of citrus, allowing for a more customized drink.

Variations on the Classic Mocktail

In the mood for something similar non-alcoholic? We recommend one of these two versions:

  • Roy Rogers Citrus Twist: A tangy twist comes alive with the addition of lemon or lime soda, brightening its overall flavor. I find the zesty, refreshing edge of the citrus soda particularly invigorating, perfect for a warm day.
  • Shirley Temple Mocktail: A classic mix of ginger ale or lemon-lime soda with a splash of grenadine defines this sweet, bubbly delight. The grenadine not only imparts a vibrant red hue but also adds a rich cherry sweetness. I absolutely love this combination; it feels like a festive, cheerful celebration in a glass.

A Roy Rogers mocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a white marmol table

History and Origins of the Roy Rogers Mocktail

The Roy Rogers Mocktail takes its name from the famous American singer and actor of the same name, who was a significant figure in Western films and television shows. Created as a non-alcoholic alternative to traditional cocktails, the drink gained popularity in the mid-20th century. It served as a counterpart to the Shirley Temple, another non-alcoholic beverage named after a famous child star. Both drinks became popular choices at family-friendly events and restaurants, offering a sophisticated option for those who didn’t consume alcohol.

 

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Roy Rogers?
A typical serving has around 150-200 calories, depending on the brand of cola and Grenadine used.
How strong is the Roy Rogers in terms of ABV and proof?
The Roy Rogers is a non-alcoholic beverage with an ABV (Alcohol by Volume) and proof of zero.
What alcohol is used in Roy Rogers?
None. The drink is a non-alcoholic mocktail.
In which glass is a Roy Rogers typically served?
It is usually served in a highball glass.
What does a Roy Rogers taste like?
The mocktail offers a sweet and fruity flavour profile, thanks to the combination of cola and Grenadine.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Roy Rogers?
The typical ratio is 1 cup of cola to 1½ oz of Grenadine.
How is Roy Rogers served in terms of ice and presentation?
It is generally served over ice cubes in a highball glass.

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