This beloved kids’ drink was named after the late child star Shirley Temple Black, although she had no involvement in its invention in the 1930s. Saccharine to many adult palates, the grenadine-and-soda mocktail feels grown-up to kids, who delight at its bright red color, cherry garnish and hefty sugar content. (An adult version named the Dirty Shirley tempers its sweetness with the addition of vodka.) There’s no right answer to the debate surrounding lemon-lime soda (like Sprite or 7Up) versus ginger ale. Haley Traub, the general manager of the cocktail bar Attaboy on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, suspects the divergence is regional. Growing up in Minnesota, she says “it was always Sprite. It wasn’t until I moved to the East Coast that I’d ever heard it being made with ginger ale.” Soda options vary, but there is one nonnegotiable here: a cherry on top.
- Serves: 1 person
- 1ounce grenadine
- 8ounces lemon-lime soda (such as Sprite or 7Up) or ginger ale
- 1maraschino cherry, for garnish
Step 1Fill a highball or other tall, narrow glass with ice. Add grenadine, then top with soda. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.