How to Make a Shirley Temple

When learning how to make a Shirley Temple, keep in mind the fact that adults like this drink, too, even though it's nonalcoholic. Since the Shirley Temple is one of the most delicious nonalcoholic beverages around, this mocktail is an excellent choice as a toasting drink for children and underage young adults, as well as for serving at parties where liquor will not be served.

The Shirley Temple was named after the biggest child star of all time. Shirley Temple rose in fame during the Great Depression of the 1930s, just when a smiling face was needed to boost the spirits of the American people. By the time Temple had acted in her first few films, the world knew that this child, with her double-dimpled smile, was destined for greatness, and, since well-known restaurants make a habit of naming sandwiches and drinks after famous movie stars and celebrities, Temple had a drink named after her. At one point, the Shirley Temple was even bottled, which made it the first soft drink to include a real cherry in the bottle.

How To Make A Shirley Temple
A Shirley Temple is a refreshing nonalcoholic beverage that sparkles, fizzes and tastes quite delicious. While the debate continues over whether the Shirley Temple originated at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel or at Chasen's restaurant in Beverly Hills, California, the drink has spread in popularity worldwide.

Some people prefer to use Sprite or 7-Up as the main ingredient, but the official mixer in this drink is ginger ale. Add a little sweet grenadine-about an ounce-a little orange juice, a splash of lemon-lime soda if you like and a few maraschino cherries for color. A mint leaf and an orange slice can be added to bring a bit of sophistication to the drink. The very same drink can often be found listed on menus under names of Disney characters, such as Donald Duck, Mickey or Pluto.

Always use a highball glass when making a Shirley Temple. Fill the glass with ice cubes, and don't forget one or two sip straws. For more flair, affix the maraschino cherries on the end of a drink umbrella.

Shirley Temple
Ingredients You Will Need:
1 ounce sweet grenadine
4 ounces ginger ale
2 ounces orange juice
3 maraschino cherries
1 orange slice
1 sprig of mint (optional)

Place two to three ice cubes into the glass, and then splash the grenadine onto the cubes. Follow with the ginger ale and orange juice. Top the drink off with maraschino cherries, a juicy slice of orange and a refreshing sprig of mint. If you prefer using Sprite, 7-Up or some other lemon-lime drink or soda, remember to follow the 2-1 ratio of ginger ale to orange juice rule, or the drink will be off balance.

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