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Shirley Temple (drink)

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Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple (left) and a Cosmopolitan (right)
TypeNon-alcoholic mixed drink
Standard garnishMaraschino cherry
Commonly used ingredients

A Shirley Temple is a non-alcoholic mixed drink traditionally made with ginger ale and a splash of grenadine, and garnished with a maraschino cherry.[1][2][3][4] Modern Shirley Temple recipes may substitute lemon-lime soda or lemonade and sometimes orange juice, in part or in whole.[5][6] Shirley Temples are often served as an alternative to alcoholic cocktails, as are the similar Roy Rogers and Arnold Palmer. In some regions of the Midwestern United States, the cocktail is referred to as a Kiddie Cocktail, as it is often served to children.


The cocktail may have been invented by a bartender at Chasen's, a restaurant in West Hollywood, California, to serve then-child actress Shirley Temple. However, other claims to its origin have been made.[7] Temple herself was not a fan of the drink, as she told Scott Simon in an NPR interview in 1986:

The saccharine sweet, icky drink? Yes, well... those were created in the probably middle 1930s by the Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood and I had nothing to do with it. But, all over the world, I am served that. People think it's funny. I hate them. Too sweet![8][9]

In 1988, Temple filed a lawsuit to prevent the sale of a bottled soda version using her name.[10][11]

With alcohol[edit]

Adding 1.5 US fluid ounces (44 ml) of vodka or rum produces a "Dirty Shirley".[12] If dark rum is used, it produces a Shirley Temple Black, a homage to her married surname.

See also[edit]

  • Queen Mary, a beer cocktail with grenadine and maraschino cherries


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  2. ^ Recipe Tips (January 1, 2012). "Shirley Temple – Traditional Recipe". RecipeTips.com. Archived from the original on November 30, 2010.
  3. ^ Food Network (January 1, 2012). "Shirley Temple Recipe". Food Network. Archived from the original on August 4, 2017. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  4. ^ CD Kitchen (January 1, 1995). "Shirley Temple Recipe from CD Kitchen". CDKitchen.com. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  5. ^ Graham, Colleen (April 8, 2010). "Shirley Temple (Non-Alcoholic)". TheSpruceEats.com. Archived from the original on June 13, 2011. Retrieved April 21, 2010.
  6. ^ Vowles, Amy (June 4, 2012). "Refreshing summer mocktails for kids". SheKnows.com. Archived from the original on March 13, 2015. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
  7. ^ "Royal Hawaiian to close for renovations". The Honolulu Advertiser. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved September 13, 2019.
  8. ^ Barclay, Eliza (February 11, 2014). "Thank You, Shirley Temple, For The Original 'Mocktail'". NPR. Archived from the original on December 5, 2020.
  9. ^ Black, Shirley Temple (February 11, 2014). "nprchives" (Interview). Interviewed by Simon, Scott. Archived from the original on May 21, 2020. Retrieved January 30, 2017 – via Tumblr.com.
  10. ^ Rothman, Lily. "Inside the Shirley Temple: How Did the Mocktail Get Its Name?". Time. Archived from the original on October 20, 2020. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  11. ^ Bishop, Katherine (October 28, 1988). "Shirley Temple: Celebrity or Generic Term?". The Law. The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on September 18, 2020. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  12. ^ "Shirley Temple". Liquor.com. Retrieved January 30, 2017.

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