Shirley Temple (drink)

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Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple & Cosmopolitan cocktails.jpg
Shirley Temple (left) and a Cosmopolitan (right)
TypeMixed drink
Standard garnishMaraschino cherry

A Shirley Temple is a non-alcoholic mixed drink traditionally made with ginger ale 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] In 1988 Temple brought a lawsuit to prevent a bottled soda version using her name from happening.[9][10]

Adding 1.5 US fluid ounces (44 ml) of vodka or rum produces a "Dirty Shirley".[11] If dark rum is used, it produces Shirley Temple Black, a homage to her married surname.

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  1. ^ Drinks Mixer (2010-01-01). "Shirley Temple recipe". Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  2. ^ Recipe Tips (2012-01-01). "Shirley Temple – Traditional Recipe".
  3. ^ Food Network (2012-01-01). "Shirley Temple Recipe". Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  4. ^ CD Kitchen (1995-01-01). "Shirley Temple Recipe from CD Kitchen". Retrieved 2012-05-29.
  5. ^ Colleen Graham (2010-04-08). "Shelly Temple (Non-Alcoholic)". Retrieved 2010-04-21.
  6. ^ "Refreshing summer mocktails for kids". 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2014-10-14.
  7. ^ "Royal Hawaiian to close for renovations". The Honolulu Advertiser. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  8. ^ Black, Shirley Temple (2014-02-11). "nprchives" (Interview). Interviewed by Simon, Scott. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
  9. ^ "Inside the Shirley Temple: How Did the Mocktail Get Its Name?". Time. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  10. ^ Bishop, Katherine; Times, Special To the New York (1988-10-28). "THE LAW; Shirley Temple: Celebrity or Generic Term?". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-02-09.
  11. ^ "Shirley Temple". Retrieved 2017-01-30.