Shirley Temple
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Shirley Temple
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4.38 / 5
The Shirley Temple cocktail is a non-alcoholic beverage that has been enjoyed by both adults and children for decades. Named after the famous child actress, this mocktail is believed to ... more The Shirley Temple cocktail is a non-alcoholic beverage that has been enjoyed by both adults and children for decades. Named after the famous child actress, this mocktail is believed to have originated in the 1930s during a visit by the actress to the famous Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood. The classic recipe consists of lemon juice, ginger ale, and a splash of grenadine, giving it a sweet and tangy flavor profile. The bright red color and fruity taste make it a popular choice at children's parties and can also be made with different variations of lemon-lime soda and grenadine. This refreshing and easy-to-make drink has stood the test of time and is still a fan favorite to this day.
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(1930)
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Lemon Juice
Garnish
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Lemon, cocktail cherry
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Non-alcoholic
Details
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Classic
Stirred

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Shirley Temple, a delightful homage in a glass, charmingly combines lemon juice's zesty bite with ginger ale's effervescent sweetness, rounded off by a dash of grenadine for that signature rosy hue. This mocktail's classic concoction not only refreshes but also beautifully balances sharp, tangy aromas with underlying sweet notes, making it a perennial favorite across generations for those looking for a non-alcoholic but flavorful drink option.

Method
How to make a Shirley Temple

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Pour all ingredients into a highball glass and stir gently
Garnish with a lemon slice and a maraschino cherry and serve

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·  Highball  ·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Shirley Temple cocktail?

The Shirley Temple cocktail is named after the famous child actress Shirley Temple. It is believed to have been created during the 1930s as a non-alcoholic drink for her to enjoy at Hollywood parties. The exact origin of the cocktail is somewhat disputed, with multiple restaurants claiming to have invented it.

FAQ

Can the Shirley Temple cocktail be made with alcohol?

Yes, while the classic Shirley Temple cocktail is non-alcoholic, there is an adult version called a 'Dirty Shirley' which adds vodka or a similar spirit to the traditional recipe. This turns it into a spirited cocktail while maintaining the original's sweet and bubbly characteristics.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are best for serving Shirley Temple cocktails?

Shirley Temple cocktails are perfect for family gatherings, children’s parties, or any occasion where guests might prefer or require non-alcoholic beverages. They offer a fun and festive option that all ages can enjoy.

FAQ

Are there variations to the Shirley Temple recipe?

Yes, variations to the Shirley Temple recipe can include using different sodas such as lemon-lime soda or club soda instead of ginger ale for a slightly different taste. Some people also add orange juice or switch the lemon juice for lime juice for a citrusy twist. The basic elements of grenadine and a bubbly component, however, remain consistent in most variations.

GARNISHING_TIPS

How do you properly garnish a Shirley Temple?

A traditional Shirley Temple is garnished with a maraschino cherry and a slice of lemon or lime on the rim of the glass. For a more festive look, you can add an orange slice or a cocktail umbrella. The key is to keep it fun and colorful, appealing to its status as a beloved drink for all ages.

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