Roy Rogers Mocktail Recipe

The Popular and Easy Roy Rogers Drink - One of the Easiest Non-Alcoholic Drink You Can Make
The Roy Rogers is one of the easiest mixed drinks you can make and because it has no booze, you can enjoy it with the entire family. Photo Courtesy: Shannon Graham
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The Roy Rogers is a fun and popular non-alcoholic drink that everyone should know how to make.

Does it surprise you and were you actually expecting the drink named for the clean-cut singing cowboy to contain alcohol? No, this is a good, old-fashioned homemade soda recipe!

The Roy Rogers is also sometimes called a Cherry Cola despite the fact that most grenadine is made of pomegranate, not cherries. Whatever you call it, it is a nice mocktail, easy to make at home and one that you should be able to order at any bar or restaurant.

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Pour the ingredients into a collins glass filled with ice.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Garnish with the maraschino cherry.

Tips for Making a Great Roy Rogers

There is not much to the Roy Rogers drink though both of the elements warrant a little discussion. By making some good decisions, you can transform this simple drink into a great one.

The Cola

It is very easy to reach for a can of Coca-Cola or Pepsi when it is time to make a Roy Rogers. The are an excellent base though both are already very sweet and do not really need to be sweetened further.

As an alternative, try making a Roy Rogers with a more artisanal cola like that offered by Q Drinks. Q Kola is naturally flavored with the actual kola nut that gave this style of soda its name. It is a drier, less sweet soda and the perfect candidate for a little grenadine enhancement.

Another favorite cola for the Roy Rogers is the one from Jones Soda Co. This one is sweetened with pure cane sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup and it is fabulous!

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The Grenadine

Grenadine is not a cherry-flavored syrup as many drinkers assume. In actuality, Pomegranate is the base for a good grenadine. The color is the same, but the taste is completely different!

Just like simple syrup, grenadine is a very easy drink mixer to make at home. It can be made from fresh pomegranate when they are in season, which is typically throughout the winter months.

In the off-season, pick up a bottle of pomegranate juice and mix it with sugar to create your own grenadine.

Who Was Roy Rogers?

Known as 'King of the Cowboys,' Roy Rogers is one of the most recognized cowboys in the world. He often appeared with cowgirl Dale Evans who became his wife in 1947. Trigger, his horse, was almost as popular as the cowboy himself.

Rogers' majestic singing voice, charm and good guy persona was portrayed in all of his movies and TV shows including Tumbling Tumbleweeds, The Cowboy and the Señorita and The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Show.

His career began in 1935 as a member of Sons of the Pioneers and before the 1940's he became the star of his own movies. Rogers made almost 100 films in his time, ending with an appearance in the  1984 "King of the Cowboys" episode on the TV show "The Fall Guy." He passed away in July of 1998.