Shark Bite Drink Recipe (Shark Week Idea)


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This delicious Shark Bite drink recipe is a hit with kids and is sure to pep up your Shark Week viewing party! It’s also a fun drink idea for summer beach vacations and cookouts; plus, you can add in a lil’ something extra to make it a cocktail for the adult crowd too.

Looking for more delicious summer drink recipes? Check out the Tipsy Mermaid Lemonade drink recipe for a boozy summer party cocktail, or our How to Make the Best Lemonade Ever for a perfect lemonade recipe the entire family can enjoy.

shark bite drink recipe

This post, the Shark Bite Drink Recipe, was originally published in July 2018 but we’ve updated it with a video to showing the step-by-step on how to make it!

While vacationing in the Outer Banks, our friends introduced us to a famous drink called The Shark Bite at a local restaurant called Tortuga’s Lie and our kiddos loved it so much they wanted to recreate it at home. We took the basic recipe and added in some ice cream for an extra-frothy and delicious drink. Truth be told, I’m a bit nervous about sharks in the Outer Banks anyways and realize I’m temping fate posting this, but duty calls and I wanted to share this fun virgin Shark Bite drink recipe just in time for Shark Week.

What makes these Shark Bite drinks so fun? They’re interactive! First you have the drink setup with a shark balanced in the glass:

plastic shark in drink

And then, pour!

plastic shark in drink

You end up with a delicious cherry-flavored float. Yum!

How to Make a Shark Bite Drink Recipe

How To Find Plastic Sharks

The recipe itself couldn’t be any easier. The trick is that you’ll need open-mouthed plastic sharks. You can find these in some craft stores or aquarium/ museum shops, or even possibly your toy box. If you don’t have any on hand, these plastic sharks were easy to find on Amazon and came with 2-day shipping.

plastic sharks

Tips for Making the Shark Bite Drink Recipe

  • First, we washed the sharks in warm, soapy water to be on the safe side.
  • You can use either grenadine syrup or the syrup from the maraschino cherry jar.
  • I used a cookie-dough scoop for the ice cream and it created the perfect sized scoop to fit in the glass.
  • Since I’m a freak about plastic and try not to use it much, I only add in the grenadine just before serving so it doesn’t sit in the shark too long. You can pour it in manually, or use a small funnel.

plastic shark

  • You can also make them without the ice cream (my daughter hates vanilla ice cream, and requested it ‘straight up’):

shark bite drink recipe

The recipe is below, enjoy!

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Shark Bite Drink Recipe (Fun Shark Week Idea!)

This delicious virgin Shark Bite Drink recipe for kids is always a hit during Shark Week festivities!
Course: Drinks
Servings: 1 serving
Author: Carrie


  • 6 oz lemon-lime soda 7-up or Sprite
  • 1 small scoop vanilla ice cream I use my cookie scoop
  • 2 TB grenadine syrup OR use syrup from maraschino cherry jar
  • 1 maraschino cherry


  • Thoroughly wash and dry plastic sharks.
  • Place scoop of ice cream at the bottom of a clear glass.
  • Slowly pour soda over the ice cream, pausing if it bubbles up so it doesn't overflow.
  • Pour the grenadine/ cherry syrup into the mouth of the shark (using a small funnel if needed.)
  • Place the shark upright in the glass just before serving, and place a maraschino cherry in it's mouth.
  • When ready to drink, pour the liquid in the shark over the drink. Enjoy!

shark in drink

Like I said earlier, I have a fear of sharks and probably shouldn’t tempt fate by posting this (I legit won’t go in the ocean, unless it’s in the Caribbean where I can see a pin drop at 12 feet deep.) To be honest about my level of crazy, I recently purchased these shark repelling Sharkbanz for my kids because they give me peace of mind while they’re playing in the surf. If they make me less anxious when they’re in the shark-prevalent waters of North Carolina then they’re worth the cost. Especially after this post. EEEEK.



Stir up a feeding frenzy with these kid-friendly Shark Bite drinks! Sharkbanz not included. 😉

shark bite drink recipe

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