Shirley Temple Black
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Shirley Temple Black
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Rating

3.98 / 5
The Shirley Temple Black is a twist on the classic non-alcoholic Shirley Temple beverage, offering a more mature variant with a caffeine kick. It combines the sweet and tart flavors ... more The Shirley Temple Black is a twist on the classic non-alcoholic Shirley Temple beverage, offering a more mature variant with a caffeine kick. It combines the sweet and tart flavors of cherry and grenadine with the rich depth of coffee liqueur, all brightened by the effervescence of lemon-lime soda. Named after the famous child actress who later became an ambassador, Shirley Temple Black is a playful yet grown-up cocktail typically served in a lowball glass. This beverage presents a balanced blend of flavors, appealing to those who enjoy a sweet drink with a subtle coffee undertone and a whimsical nod to its namesake's innocent beginnings.
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Coffee liqueur
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3.95% | 0.6 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

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30ml 1oz 3cl
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120ml 4.06oz 12cl

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

Shirley Temple Black offers a playful yet sophisticated mix, intertwining coffee liqueur with lemon-lime soda, punctuated by cherries and a splash of grenadine. The result is a whimsically refreshing cocktail that adds a caffeinated twist to a beloved classic.

Method
How to make a Shirley Temple Black

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add each ingredient to the glass over ice and stir the drink before serving

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FAQ's

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of Shirley Temple Black compare to a standard cocktail?

The Shirley Temple Black has an alcohol content of 3.95%, which is significantly lower than the average cocktail, which typically ranges from 10% to 30% alcohol by volume. This makes it a lighter option for those seeking a less intoxicating beverage.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What are some garnishing tips for the Shirley Temple Black?

To enhance the presentation of the Shirley Temple Black, you can add a lemon or lime slice on the rim of the lowball glass, and additional cherries in the drink or on a skewer. Since it already includes cherries, using fresh or high-quality maraschino cherries as garnish can elevate the drink's appearance and taste.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute the coffee liqueur in the Shirley Temple Black for something non-alcoholic?

Yes, for a non-alcoholic version of the Shirley Temple Black, you can substitute the coffee liqueur with a coffee or chocolate-flavored syrup. This will maintain the unique flavor profile while making the beverage suitable for all ages or those preferring non-alcoholic options.

PREPARATION_TECHNIQUES

Is it necessary to stir the Shirley Temple Black? Can it be shaken instead?

The Shirley Temple Black is traditionally stirred, not shaken, to gently mix the coffee liqueur and grenadine with the lemon-lime soda without aggressively disrupting the carbonation. Stirring helps to maintain the integrity and effervescence of the soda, offering a smoother and more visually appealing drink. Shaking carbonated drinks can lead to an overflow from the excess fizz.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve the Shirley Temple Black?

The Shirley Temple Black should be served cold in a lowball glass. Start by adding ice to the glass, pour the coffee liqueur and a dash of grenadine over the ice, and then top it off with lemon-lime soda. Stir gently to combine. The beverage is best served immediately to enjoy its refreshing and fizzy character.

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