Friday Night Cocktails: Shirley Temple

Because I am under the weather this week and on alcohol prohibiting medication, it seems a logical time to feature the original and still the best mocktail:  a Shirley Temple.  I was first served this drink at a now closed Chinese restaurant in Morristown, New Jersey called, romantically, The August Moon.  What the drink lacks in alcohol it makes up for in sweetness and garnish.  It must have at least a maraschino cherry, but additional kid-friendly garnishes like lemon, lime, and orange slices are welcomed here.  The added bonus of a cocktail umbrella (or party parasol as the ones I purchased were titled) is that it gives children something to play and fiddle with while the adults have their boring conversations. 

Fun Fact: 

Temple herself was not a fan of the drink, as she told Scott Simon in an NPR interview in 1986: "The saccharine sweet, icky drink? Yes, well... those were created in the probably middle 1930s by The Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood and I had nothing to do with it. But, all over the world, I am served that. People think it's funny. I hate them. Too sweet!"

Shirley Temple

(makes one drink)

Fill a glass with ice, add a splash of grenadine syrup, and top with ginger ale or lemon-lime soda.  Garnish with a maraschino cherry.  For a Dirty Shirley, add a shot of vodka.