Remembering Shirley Temple Through Her Namesake Cocktail

Remembering Shirley Temple Through Her Namesake Cocktail
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Shirley Temple Black was a sweet and beloved child star, so toast to her life with a glass of this sweet and beloved drink.

Shirley Temple Black, the adorable curly-haired child star who won the hearts of Americans as she sang and tap-danced across the silver screen during her heyday in the 1930s, passed away on February 10th at the age of 85. Black, who was known for her roles in such films as “Heidi,” "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer," and “Curly Top,” retired from acting in 1949, later becoming a successful TV host and and unsuccessful politician before serving as Representative to the United Nations and Ambassador to both Ghana and Czechoslovakia.

Today, toast to the dazzle and charm of Shirley Temple Black with a tall, cold glass of her namesake virgin cocktail, the Shirley Temple — arguably the original "mocktail" — traditionally made with grenadine, ginger ale, and maraschino cherries.

Check Out The Daily Meal’s recipes for an alcoholic and virgin Shirley Temple.

Virgin Shirley Temple Recipe By: Lazyme on

1 dash grenadine
6 ounces ginger ale
1 maraschino cherry
1 orange slice

1Fill a collins or highball glass with ice.

2Add grenadine and fill with ginger ale.

3Garnish with a maraschino cherry and an orange slice.

Alcoholic Shirley Temple Recipe By: Court 13 on

1 ounce grenadine
6 ounces ginger ale
2 ounces vodka
2 ounces orange juice  (substitute out some gingerale, orange juice adds a zing!) (optional)

Mix and enjoy!

According to legend, the drink was invented by a bartender at the legendary Beverly Hills celebrity restaurant for Temple on the occasion of her 10th birthday party. Some sources, however, attribute its creation to the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki, or to The Brown Derby in Los Angeles, which named cocktails after many celebrities.

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Wherever the drink was invented, it has long been one of the most popular bar options for children — and not a few adults have enjoyed the spiked version.