The Shirley Temple Mocktail


Are you anything like me whenever you go on YouTube?

I go there to search for one thing, yet I inevitably seem to get distracted by clicking the videos on the sidebar so that before I know it (and sometimes THREE hours later), find myself watching videos
I had no intention of watching. I end up getting sidetracked and lost in what I refer to as the "YouTube Abyss."

Well, such as it was last week when I came across a short documentary (and don't ask me how the hell I got there) on the life of Shirley Temple. I immediately had flashbacks of watching Shirley Temple movies with my mother on Saturday afternoons because she absolutely LOVED her. But not only did it bring back memories of the adorable child star singing and tap dancing, it also reminded me of the drink Shirley Temple.

Do any of you remember a Shirley Temple?

The red non-alcoholic concoction takes me back to my childhood when I was small but trying to look big by asking my parents if I could order the mocktail that mimicked an adult cocktail. And of course, my parents always allowed my younger brother and I to do so whenever we went out to a restaurant for dinner. In fact, my father got a kick out of saying to us, "Now be sure to sip them slowly because you don't want to get drunk."

Ordering a Shirley Temple made me feel like SUCH a grown-up. And I would even order them with TWO cherries - hot damn!

Anyway, I decided to do some research on the Shirley Temple to find out where it originated, and discovered this...

As it turns out, “America’s Little Darling” as she’s been called, was not involved in the invention of the beverage. Apparently the Shirley Temple was created in the 1930's by the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, and she had nothing to do with it.

I even read that Shirley Temple herself didn't even like the taste of the drink because it was too sweet.

Here are two different recipes I found online about how-to-make-a-Shirley Temple:

The Original Shirley Temple

Ice
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

Ice
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.

Oddly enough though, I don't ever remember drinking a Shirley Temple either of those ways, I recall the recipe being much simpler:

Ice
Ginger Ale
2 maraschino cherries
and a splash of maraschino cherry juice (for added taste and color)

But then again, after drinking two Shirley Temples with TWO cherries, I was probably so drunk that I couldn't really remember what the recipe included. Because I was having too much fun dancing around the restaurant, pretending I was Shirley Temple, and singing, On The Good Ship Lollipop....


Have a smashingly fabulous week, y'all!
X

30 comments

  1. TWO cherries, oh my!

    I grew up with Shirley Temple but not the drink! I don't think we went in for such drinks here although, actually, how would I know? I was too young. Shirley's films were what my Dad called 'cosy' - I'm still trying to think why!

    Forgive the short reply, Ron, I'm having eyesight problems.

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  2. Wow, do I remember that drink! I have a distinct memory of being at a bar/restaurant in the late 60's with my parents, in a booth, and getting a Shirley Temple. I've loved those cherries ever since. Thanks for posting the recipe as I had no idea what was in it. I thought it had cola, so I was wrong.

    Brown Derby brings back good memories as well. We used to have at least 6 in the area but they all closed in the late 80's. It was a place we would go to celebrate birthdays, etc. Their salad bar was huge!

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  3. Ron, that picture of you with curls and a pink frilly dress is just TOO CUTE!! My folks always liked Shirley, as well. And isn't it funny how the grownup Shirley still carried the dimpled chubby face of the little Shirley?!?

    I'm thrilled to hear that I'm not the only one falling into an ABYSS when I'm online. It happens to me when I'm shopping, or researching, or whatever. I start out looking for one thing and before I know it, I'm off on a new tangent. I thought it was just my proclivity for being attracted to the new and sparkly, ha!

    Have a fabulous, sweet week, my dear! xx

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  4. Ron, I hadn't heard of or knew anything about the Shirley Temple drink, but found this post informative and very entertaining. You look so cute in that dress! Have a great week!

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  5. http://ladyfi.wordpress.comMay 02, 2016

    Had to laugh at you in that adorable dress!

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  6. Ron, you and I must be around the same age because I remember drinking a Shirley Temple (back in the late 60's) when dining out with my family. Oh, and what a great memory!

    Interesting to read about how the drink developed because I had no idea. Like you, I recall the drink being much simpler. I never drank them with grenadine or lemon-lime soda. The ones I had were made with ginger ale only.

    Love that photo of your as Shirley Temple. You're a hoot!

    Have a great week, Ron!

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  7. "I go there to search for one thing, yet I inevitably seem to get distracted by clicking the videos on the sidebar so that before I know it (and sometimes THREE hours later), find myself watching videos I had no intention of watching." OMG Ron, I'm the same way! I mainly use Youtube for watching makeup tutorials but get sidetrack and lost.

    I knew of Shirley Temple and have seen a few of her movies, but didn't know there was a drink with her name. That's adorable! And speaking of adorable, you look priceless in that dress Lol!

    Thanks for the laughs, Ron! Have a wonderful week x

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  8. Hey there Valerie!

    Yes, can you believe it....TWO cherries?!?! I'm surprised I didn't get totally drunk - HA!

    "Shirley's films were what my Dad called 'cosy' - I'm still trying to think why!"

    That's a great! And he probably meant that her films were warm and sweet when he used the word 'cosy.'

    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Hope everything is okay with your eyesight.

    X

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  9. Hey there Bijoux!

    "I have a distinct memory of being at a bar/restaurant in the late 60's with my parents, in a booth, and getting a Shirley Temple. I've loved those cherries ever since."

    Yup, I have the same memory!! And it's funny because I'm not normally a cherry lover, but I did enjoy them in a Shirley Temple :)

    "Brown Derby brings back good memories as well. We used to have at least 6 in the area but they all closed in the late 80's. It was a place we would go to celebrate birthdays, etc. Their salad bar was huge!"

    That's so interesting because I had no idea the Brown Derby was in other locations. I thought that there was only ONE, and in Hollywood, CA. You just taught me something!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a faaaaaabulous week!

    X

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  10. HA! Aren't I silly? I couldn't resist :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Fiona. Have a super week!
    X

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  11. Hello there Candice!

    I knew about the drink, however, I had no idea where it came from or how it was created. I too found that very interesting.

    Ha! I couldn't resist the picture of me as Shirley. I found it on the website, Face In Hole!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Have a grrrreat week!
    X

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  12. Hola Denise!

    Ha! You too? Isn't it something how when you go on You Tube to search for something, you get lost in the "You Tube Abyss????" In fact, it happened to me this afternoon, I spent over an hour looking at video clips! Btw, I too watch makeup tutorials on You Tube because they keep me updated on new techniques that I can use at work.

    I knew there was a Shirley Temple drink, but never knew how it was created. I found that very interesting.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a wonderful week too!
    X

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  13. Hey there Elaine!

    "Ron, you and I must be around the same age because I remember drinking a Shirley Temple (back in the 1960's) when dining out with my family. Oh, and what a great memory!"

    I'm 60 years old. I was born in 1955; therefore I'm a child of the 60's!

    "I never drank them with grenadine or lemon-lime soda. The ones I had were made with ginger ale only."

    Same here. I also never drank them with an orange slice garnish.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, neighbor! Have a terrrrific week!
    X

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  14. Helloooooo there Debbie!

    Ha! I just couldn't resist adding the picture of Shirley (Ronnie) Temple :)

    " And isn't it funny how the grownup Shirley still carried the dimpled chubby face of the little Shirley?!?"

    Yes, it is. I've watched several video interviews of the grownup Shirley Temple Black and thought she looked almost identical to how she looked when she was a little girl. She was such a sweet lady!

    "It happens to me when I'm shopping, or researching, or whatever. I start out looking for one thing and before I know it, I'm off on a new tangent. I thought it was just my proclivity for being attracted to the new and sparkly, ha!"

    Hahahahahaha! Glad to hear I'm not the only one. And you're right, it's not just on You Tube, but online period. That's why I take breaks during the week from being online because I can spend hours cruising and cruising the Internet; becoming almost hypnotized.

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantabulous week!
    X

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  15. Mark PetruskaMay 02, 2016

    Not only did I "indulge" in the occasional Shirley Temple (or its nonalcoholic counterpart, the Roy Rogers) as a kid, but I would also buy candy cigarettes and pretend to smoke 'em. I used to think I was so cool.

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  16. Ron, you crack me up! I love the photograph of you as Shirley Temple ROFLMAO! I've never heard of a Shirley Temple mocktail, but I think I'm going to try making a couple tonight when I get home from work. I'm sure my girlfriend would love one!

    As always, you never fail to entertain, dude!

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  17. Rob LenihanMay 02, 2016

    Holy crap, Ron, I nearly keeled over when I saw you in the Shirley Temple get-up! That's gotta be your Halloween costume this year!

    It also brought back memories because my mom used to sing "Animal Crackers."

    And I certainly know the curse of YouTube, which sucks time the way Bela Lugosi sucks blood!
    No matter, just go put your dancing shoes on and I'll buy Shirley Temples for all hands!

    Take care, buddy!

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  18. Hiya Matt!

    Ha! Glad you enjoyed the photo, I couldn't resist!

    " I've never heard of a Shirley Temple mocktail, but I think I'm going to try making a couple tonight when I get home from work. I'm sure my girlfriend would love one!"

    But be sure to drink them slowly because you don't want to get drunk - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a most excellent week!
    X

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  19. Hey there Rob!

    "That's gotta be your Halloween costume this year!"

    HA! Hey, that's a GREAT idea! I may just do that this Halloween!

    "It also brought back memories because my mom used to sing "Animal Crackers."

    Ironic you mentioned that song because while watching the documentary on Shirley Temple's career, they showed a clip of her singing that.

    "And I certainly know the curse of YouTube, which sucks time the way Bela Lugosi sucks blood!"

    Ha! You ain't kidding, I can spend HOURS on You Tube!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a terrific week!

    X

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  20. "but I would also buy candy cigarettes and pretend to smoke 'em. I used to think I was so cool."

    I did too Mark! OMG...I totally forgot about candy cigarettes! I used to buy the ones that were made of candy AND gum. And my favorite thing to do was to blow air through the end of the cigarette because the powdered sugar would blow out of the other end; making it seem as though I was REALLY smoking a cigarette!

    " (or its nonalcoholic counterpart, the Roy Rogers)"

    Ha! That's right, the Roy Roger was the "boys" version of a Shirley Temple!

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, buddy. Have a fantastical week!

    X to you and Tara

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  21. Ron, I drink Shirley Temples now! Sometimes I have rum added. My youngest used to order Shirley Temples too. Thought he was so grown up! ;)

    "Now be sure to sip them slowly because you don't want to get drunk."

    ROFLOL! That is absolutely adorable!

    "...Shirley Temple herself didn't even like the taste of the drink because it was too sweet."
    I LOVE sweet drinks. The sweeter the better!
    I love your Good Ship Lollypop dress! You would be a smash in Heidi!
    Thanks for sharing!
    ((YOU))

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  22. Ron, I read this post earlier today on my cell phone while I was waiting for my plane at the airport but didn't have time to comment. I laughed out loud when I saw the photo of you as Miss Temple, the people around me probably thought I was NUTS!

    I never had a Shirley Temple drink but I heard my parents mentioned it years ago, so I knew what they were. I may have to try one sometime, just to see if I get drunk Lol!

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  23. Hey there Robert!

    "I laughed out loud when I saw the photo of you as Miss Temple, the people around me probably thought I was NUTS!"

    OMG...how funny!

    So you've heard of a Shirley Temple? I'm so glad because I thought that perhaps my younger readers wouldn't know what I was even talking about. And yes, be sure to drink them slowly because you don't want to get drunk - HA!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Hope you had a great flight!

    Enjoy the rest of your week!
    X

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  24. "Ron, I drink Shirley Temples now! Sometimes I have rum added."

    HAHAHAHA! You go, Pam! I never tried one with rum!

    My father would giggle every time he said that to my brother and I.

    "I love your Good Ship Lollypop dress! You would be a smash in Heidi!"

    OMG...how funny! I totally forgot about that movie!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a fantabulous rest of your week!

    X,
    Heidi

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  25. i never had a shirley temple drink, but the very next time i go out, i think i will order one just to taste it.

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  26. Hey there Val!

    If you do, be sure to drink it slowly because you don't want to get TIPSY - Ha!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a great rest of your week!

    X

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  27. Ron, I thought of you last evening when I was on Youtube watching makeup tutorials. I watched several of Anastasia's glow kit. I just bought it and love it!

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  28. OMG, yes Denise....I AM SO FAMILIAR with the Anastasia Glow Kit! We sell it where I work. It's faaaaaaaabulous! We can hardly keep it in stock because it sells out so fast!

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  29. Ron, I got the last one. You're right, they sold out fast! I also use the Anastasia brow wiz. I bought my first one last year. What a great product!

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  30. Denise, brow wiz is AMAZING! And I especially like that it's waterproof!

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