Shirley Temple Drink: History, Recipe And Why It Is Called Shirley Temple


In an adorable tribute to actress Shirley Temple, Google honoured the Hollywood icon with an animated doodle. Shirley Temple was a much-loved child actress, a celebrated actress and later went on to become a singer, dancer as well as a diplomat. In a statement released by Google through their blog, the reason they decided to honour the icon today was that on this very day in 2015, the Santa Monica History Museum opened “Love, Shirley Temple,” a special exhibit featuring a collection of her rare memorabilia. This was most probably the inspiration behind choosing to show Shirley in three stages of her life in the animated doodle.

Throughout her career, the actress touched the lives of many people through her remarkable work. Her influence is such that she even has a drink inspired by and named after her. Yes, you guessed it right! We are talking about the famous crowd-favourite Shirley Temple drink.

History Of The Shirley Temple Drink:


The iconic actress has left a legacy in the movies she has starred in, the places she served in while working as a diplomat and in various restaurants and pubs that religiously serve her drink to this date. There is a bit of a dispute in the origin of the recipe of this non-alcoholic drink and even regarding the ingredients that go in it. The most popular version of its origin story, however, is that it was whipped up by the staff at Chasen’s restaurant in Hollywood, California, especially for the starlet who was underage at that time and could not drink alcohol with her folks. Some even say that the sweet concoction could have even been mixed in the Brown Derby Restaurant, another eatery in Hollywood that was frequented by old Hollywood stars. The origin may have been a mystery, but one thing is clear, Shirley Temple was very protective of her drink. She filed a lawsuit against a company that attempted to sell bottled soda bearing her name. She remarked it as an invasion of privacy and claimed that her name was not a “generic term” to be used by anyone.

How To Make Shirley Temple Drink | Shirley Temple Mocktail Recipe:

This non-alcoholic drink is very popular among kids and young adults, alike. Adults with a taste for sweet beverages are also welcome to enjoy it.

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1 Cup Lemon-lime based soda

1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons Grenadine aka a pomegranate juice syrup

1 Maraschino cherry for garnish


Fill a glass with ice cubes and pour the lemon-lime based soda in it.

Add a dash of grenadine, lemon juice and finish it off by dunking the Maraschino cherry in it.

Some recipes even suggest that you can add half a cup of soda and half a cup of ginger ale to enhance the taste instead of using just soda. The grenadine addition may vary depending upon how sweet you want your drink to be.

Enjoy this refreshingly sweet drink on a warm sunny day or reserve it for occasions when you do not want to whip out the alcohol. One thing is for sure, The Shirley Temple drink will always be a crowd favourite and an icon, just like the actress herself.

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