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How to make an Improved Shirley Temple

Shirley Temple Black (seen here in 2006) died Monday, February 10 at age 85. Raise a toast with the mocktail named in her honor.
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Shirley Temple, beloved child actress of the 1930s, and prominent American ambassador in the 1980s and 90s, passed away this week at the age of 85. We have no desire to trivialize a person who brought so much joy to so many both through film and deeds, but it seems only fitting we raise a toast to her with her namesake mocktail, a non-alcoholic go to drink, especially for kids raised in the middle and late part of the 20th century.

In the old days, a bartender would throw a little soda water from the bar gun in with some ginger ale and grenadine, throw a cherry on top and call it good. These days we can do so much better. Here below for you is an updated Shirley Temple for a new generation of (grown up) fans:

Improved Shirley Temple
(Robert Haynes-Peterson)

  • 3 oz Ginger Beer (Fever Tree and Barritt's are both good options)
  • 3 oz Lemon Sparkling Water (Boylan's or Found Water)
  • Dash Employees Only Grenadine Syrup
  • Barspoon Simple Syrup (to taste)
  • 5-7 Mint or Shiso leaves
  • 1/2 Lime, cut into four wedges

In a Collins or Highball glass, combine lime, mint leaves and simple syrup. Muddle lightly (don't overly crush the leaves). Add ice, ginger beer and sparkling water and stir lightly to blend and draw leaves up into drink. Add a splash of grenadine for color and garnish with lime wheel.


Thirsty for more? Check out National Spirits Examiner or NY Drinks Examiner.
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FTC Disclaimer: The author sometimes receives product samples for review, which carry no cash value and cannot be re-sold, and sometimes attends press events such as lunches or cocktail parties, designed to promote a given product. The author is not paid by any alcohol manufacturer, retailer or distributor, or provided compensation apart from revenue from an assigning publishing company for editorial publication. Opinions are the author's own. By the way, you should be 21 or older to read this page. Author received no comps or samples in connection with this article. RIP Shirley Temple.

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