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Shirley Temple Cocktail Recipe

Apr 22, 2018 | Post By Danny Mahoney
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The Shirley Temple is a drink that is a perfect example of how pop culture and the entertainment world mingle with the world of cocktails.  We all know that entertainment and parties go hand in hand – but what to do when you are a child actress and still need to mingle with the Hollywood elite?

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Well, there’s an answer, and it was created in order to help this problem that the actress of the same name, that rose to fame in the late 1930s, had. It is a non-alcoholic mixed drink that is often served to children instead of cocktails (obviously).  The drink spread worldwide, and is one of the more famous non-alcoholic drinks that is served in bars. of all time.


  • 3 ounces of lemon-lime soda
  • 3 ounces of ginger ale
  • ¼ ounce of grenadine
  • Ice


  1. Pour grenadine into a Collins glass with ice cubes.
  2. Add ginger ale (or soda, if that is what you prefer).
  3. Stir.


  • Glass
  • Ice

The Shirley Temple, in its essence, is nothing more than an evolved soda, but can be a great drink for those who are almost old enough to drink, as in children over 18 – who are familiar with what cocktails are but may not be able to drink one yet.  It also is a great option for recovering alcoholics to still feel like they are in a bar atmosphere, without succumbing to their own need for alcohol.

It is one of many “mocktails”, but is quite possibly the most popular. The most common garnish for the drink, should one desire one, is the maraschino cherry.  Of course, if the drinker decides that it might be time to take things up a notch with some alcohol, one quick way to transform your Shirley Temple into a cocktail is simply to add an ounce of two or rum or vodka, in which case the cocktail is referred to as a “Dirty Shirley”.

The most ironic part of the drink is that the child actress-turned ambassador didn’t even like the drink, and believed that it was far too sweet to enjoy, despite the fact that she was constantly served the drink, since it was named after her.  Unfortunately, the actress passed away in 2014, but the drink helps carry on her legacy.



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Danny is a Melburnian liquor enthusiast and ex bartender turned web developer. Although an avid whiskey drinker he likes to practice the arts of cocktail making and mixing drinks. Danny believes there are always new concoctions just waiting to be explored and enjoyed.


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