A Toast To Shirley Temple with Her Signature Drink

02/11/2014 at 11:42 AM ET

Shirley Temple Mocktail Recipe
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Whether they’ve known it or not, countless amounts of children have raised a glass to Shirley Temple, the legendary actress who has passed away at the age of 85.

We challenge you to find a tot who hasn’t ordered her signature drink, the Shirley Temple, while on a night out with their parents. The red non-alcoholic concoction — a mixture of grenadine, lemon-lime soda and maraschino cherries — takes us back to our childhood, when we were small but trying to look big by ordering a mocktail that mimicked a grown up cocktail. (Extra cherries? Of course!)

As it turns out, “America’s darling” as she’s been called, revealed she wasn’t involved in the invention of the fruity beverage. “Those were created in the 1930s by the Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood, and I had nothing to do with it,” she once told NPR’s Scott Simon, adding that people served them to her wherever she went.

Others remember the drink’s birth differently. USA Today reports that a bartender at Chasen’s restaurant in Beverly Hills created the cocktail in the late 30’s during the pinnacle of her fame.

Whatever the origin, like the venerable screen actress, the Shirley Temple is a part of our Americana and it’s here to stay. It has evolved over the years, with lemon-lime soda (or 7Up) often replaced with ginger ale and a thin orange slice added to the rim of the glass. Try your favorite with the whole family, and raise your drink to those divine dimples. Cheers, Curly Top!

The Original Shirley Temple
Makes 1

1 tbsp. grenadine
½ cup lemon-lime soda
¼ cup orange juice
1 maraschino cherry

In a tall glass, add ice, grenadine, lemon-lime soda and orange juice. Stir and top with a cherry.

The Modern Shirley Temple
Makes 1

1 tbsp. grenadine
1 cup lemon-lime soda or ginger ale
1 maraschino cherry
1 slice of orange, garnish

In a tall glass, add ice, grenadine and lemon-lime soda. Top with a cherry and garnish with an orange slice.

—Amy Jamieson

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Brooke on

This is a great idea! We should all toast to her amazing life!

Yolanda on

I had one every time I went to a restaurant with my parents growing up. Finally, my dad bought the ingredients so I could have them at home too; I felt so grown up. Think I’ll go make myself one now. RIP Shirley Temple, may you enjoy an endless supply of lollipops 🙂

Sally Steele on

This was the drink for the big kids. The little kids drank milk. This was about the only soft drink I had as a child. The boys would have Roy Rogers which was coca cola with a cherry. We thought we had arrived when we could order our own drink in the restaurant. To this day when I have children at a restaurant I still order a Shirley Temple and Roy Rogers.
Bless you Shirley Temple for all the joy you brought the nation.

Tracy on

My favorite drink as a kid, and then my kids’ favorite drink when they were growing up. Now that they’re old enough to have alcohol, it’s still their favorite beverage…with the extra cherries.

Marie on

She was and will ALWAYS be a CLASS ACT!!

Mary on

I still drink Shirley Temples. I don’t drink alcohol so a Shirley Temple is my drink of choice at wedding or event where there is a bar available.

Fake Jonas Pregnancy on

I used to think I was such a grown-up when I ordered one. An adult version of the drink is called a “Dirty Shirley,” which is all of the ingredients of a Shirley Temple, but add vodka.

RIP, Ms. Temple Black!

Troy Williams on

This will always be my hands-down favorite drink. People still always get a chuckle when I order it, but I don’t care. I love it and it always puts a smile on my face. Great drink for a great lady!!! http://www.simplytroy.com

Ann on

We served them up at lunch at work today to honor such a wonderful Icon!!!

ImALadyToo on

RIP, Mrs. Black. You brought me a lot of joy when I used to watch your movies as a child – so wholesome and sweet. Thank you to your family for allowing us to borrow you for awhile. 🙂

Carrie on

One of my favorite memories growing up was going out to nice, “grown-up” restaurants with my Grandparents for dinner. My Grandpa would always order a Shirley Temple for me right along with his cocktail.

It made me feel so grown-up and special. Every now and then when I am out I will order one in honor of the best Grandpa ever.

Jaynes on

We always made it with ginger ale or sprite or 7up, cherry juice and cherries, yummy!

Easyup on

Yes, Jaynes, I’ll have a glass of your mix. I don’t consume alcohol so Shirley Temples still work for me. I do like anything sweet and fruity.

b on

My aunt was the one who introduced me to Shirley Temple’s when I was a little kid. We used to go out to eat and I’d get one or we’d go to the dog track and I’d get one, to feel all grown up. The one memory that I remember the most was when my aunt, who used to be a hair stylist (she has since passed away), would go to a hair convention in Chicago during March (my birthday month). So my mom and I would go with my aunt and uncle to have a birthday/hair convention weekend. We’d always go out to eat at some nice restaurant for my birthday and I always got a Shirley Temple. I felt so grown-up knowing I was having a drink that sort of looked like an adult drink.

I don’t know how the restaurant made the drinks, but when I got older, we’d make them at family gatherings or just for the hell of it and it was usually made with 7-Up and the juice from the Maraschino cherry juice jar. Then you add a cherry (or two or three :lol:).

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