When I was a little girl, there was this restaurant in the Bay Area my family would always go to. This restaurant was famous for its BBQ Ribs. When we were planning a dinner out, everyone would spend all week talking about these ribs. Not me. For me, it was all about ordering a Shirley Temple.
Oh yes. An ice-cold beverage. Fizzy soda. And a Maraschino Cherry! Heaven!
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I don’t think my kids have ever ordered a Shirley Temple at a restaurant and a while back we had talked about making them at home.
The kids and I went to the store to get the ingredients. As I was kneeling down, looking for the Grenadine on a bottom shelf in the liquor aisle, the kids started to argue about who knows what. The argument began to escalate and they kept getting louder. The next thing I know the shopping cart somehow got involved in this argument, the cart got pushed into me, I fell over, and I was about an inch away from landing in a display of vodka.
Well, it was obviously time to leave the store. The Shirley Temples would have to wait for another day. At this point, my goal was just to get out of the store with the groceries I had managed to pick up before we were thrown out. (Now I know how my mom felt when my brother and I would get into silly arguments)
Anyway, this past Easter seemed like the perfect time to make our own Shirley Temples. We also made some Virgin Mimosa’s. The kids LOVED both drinks and they wanted me to include them on this blog.
The Shirley Temples are really simple to make. All you need is…
Add equal parts of Lemon Lime Soda and Ginger Ale to a glass. Add a splash or two of Grenadine. Put in some ice, and 1 or 2 Maraschino Cherries. I also like to add a teaspoon or two of the Maraschino Cherry Syrup.
Now, I have memories of enjoying Shirley Temples as a kid with my family, and with my kids now. And my daughter said to me, as she was drinking her Shirley Temple, “Mom, is this what you were going to make that time you almost fell into all the vodka bottles at the store?” Yes, dear.
- Lemon Lime Soda
- Ginger Ale
- Maraschino Cherries
- Add equal parts of Lemon Lime Soda and Ginger Ale to a glass. Add a splash or two of Grenadine. Put in some ice, and 1 or 2 Maraschino Cherries. I also like to add a teaspoon or two of the Maraschino Cherry Syrup.