Thursday, June 03, 2010

Uptipsy Thursday: The Shirley Temple

The very first mocktail, as far as we know, was the Shirley Temple, named after Shirley Temple. According to legend, a bartender made it up to serve to the innocent Miss Temple during the raging Hollywood parties of the 1930s. This Shirley Temple is made of club soda (or lemon-lime soda,) ice, grenadine, and a maraschino cherry on top.

What's grenadine? Good question. Traditionally it's pomegranate syrup. Why is it called grenadine? Because in French pomegranates are grenade (and if you're thinking...wait, grenade as in *boom* and grenade as in pomegranate? Yes, grenades are called grenades because they looked like pomegranates.)

Anyway, grenadine these days is kind of generically made with any red fruit, like raspberries, currants, etc. And most grenadines are cheaply made of flavorings and syrup. You can make your own, which is far superior in flavor, but usually not the bright red that comes from the fake stuff, by reducing pomegranate juice and sugar.

Tall tumbler
Lemon-lime soda
Enough grenadine to make it pink
Maraschino cherry on top

Kids LOVE shirley temples.

By the way, my family is loving this series because they're drinking a lot of juice and soda, things I don't normally allow in the house. I might throw a mocktail party a couple times a year, but this drink-a-week thing has some fans around these parts in heaven. Enjoy it, kid, because as soon as I can, you're back to water or milk.

Check out this update where you'll learn what the original Shirley Temple really contained. Super delicious!


ali said...

love it!

Now I know what to ask for if I ever find myself in a bar.

JLea said...

Yummy... I always thought it was made with cherry syrup... Now I know.

wendysue said...

My Dad would always order me a Shirley Temple when we were out at his big University parties when I was young. . .I always felt like a fancy-schmancy.

the emily said...

I did this exact post a couple weeks ago (minus the informative part about grenadine) only we call these "sprite treats". yumm-o.

Lindsey Johnson said...

Now throw a scoop of vanilla ice cream on there and you'll thank me.

(I like mine with the maraschino cherry juice better than the grenadine, but if it was the homemade kind...)

Britty said... very fav.

JennRose said...

They are even better if you add a little orange juice. It sounds strange, but it Really makes the taste better. Many restaurants use this combination, too.

Bethany @ The Paper Pony said...

Oh, A"th"ucar, my whole family thanks you.

Tara @ Feels like home said...

I didn't know it was made with grenadine, either. Yum!

Thanks for perfecting the recipe!

The Double Dipped Life said...

I haven't had a Shirley Temple since I was little! I will have to go looking for grenadine! Thanks!

strawberry lemonade girl said...

Oh lady lady I used to LOOOOOVE a good Shirley Temple! (I was also a fan of the Roy Rogers, which is essentially the same thing, just using a Cola instead of lemon-lime soda!)

Alix from Modern Kiddo