Shirley Temple (drink)

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Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple & Cosmopolitan cocktails.jpg
Shirley Temple (left) and a Cosmopolitan (right)
TypeNon-alcoholic mixed drink
Standard garnishMaraschino cherry
Commonly used ingredientsGinger ale

A Shirley Temple is a non-alcoholic mixed drink traditionally made with ginger ale, lemon or lime juice and a splash of grenadine, 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 to children dining with adults in lieu of real cocktails, as are the similar Roy Rogers and Arnold Palmer.

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 brought a lawsuit to prevent a bottled soda version using her name from happening.[10][11]

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

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  1. ^ Drinks Mixer (January 1, 2010). "Shirley Temple recipe". Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  2. ^ Recipe Tips (January 1, 2012). "Shirley Temple – Traditional Recipe".
  3. ^ Food Network (January 1, 2012). "Shirley Temple Recipe". Food Network. Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  4. ^ CD Kitchen (January 1, 1995). "Shirley Temple Recipe from CD Kitchen". Retrieved May 29, 2012.
  5. ^ Graham, Colleen (April 8, 2010). "Shelly Temple (Non-Alcoholic)". Retrieved April 21, 2010.
  6. ^ Vowles, Amy (June 4, 2012). "Refreshing summer mocktails for kids". 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
  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". Retrieved January 30, 2017.