The history of... the Shirley Temple cocktail
A refreshing, non-alcoholic mixed drink for everyone
The Shirley Temple cocktail is a non-alcoholic mixed drink named after the famous child actress of the early decades of Hollywood. It's simple to make, by mixing ginger ale or a lemon-lime soda, maraschino cherry juice, and a splash of grenadine, topped with a maraschino cherry.
There are a couple different claims of where the drink was invented, but the most widely accepted one is that it was created at the former Chasen's restaurant in West Hollywood, California specifically for the child star.
While it's no longer the famous restaurant that served Hollywood's finest talent, the building is now home to a Bristol Farms grocery store (the best grocery story that I've ever shopped at. They have preserved some of Chasen's history by keeping an original section of the restaurant in the back for use as a cafe).
Shirley Temple. Photo via needpix.com
There are other claims that the Shirley Temple cocktail was created at the Brown Derby restaurant, another former popular hangout of Old Hollywood stars. I've heard around Hollywood the drink may have even started at the Pig 'N Whistle restaurant on Hollywood Blvd., yet another place frequented by old stars, including Shirley Temple.
Regardless of where it came from, Shirley Temple herself did not like the drink, as she said it was too sweet. Later in her life, she fought some legal battles to keep her name from being used by bottling companies who wanted to mass produce the drink. Still, you can order one at any restaurant and they will know what it is.
Or you can make one at home and judge for yourself. It can be made alcoholic by adding a splash of vodka, but even if you keep it original, it is a refreshing drink especially on a hot, summer day.