Did you know that traditionally-made grenadine has an alcohol percentage? It was actually a liquor, and made Shirley Temples much more… adult… back in the day.
Shirley Temples, now, are best known as “fancy” drinks for those not old enough to have a cocktail. I recall getting sick on Shirley Temples on two occasions:
- A childhood birthday party at The Ground Round, a restaurant in Danbury, CT that is now an Outback Steakhouse. It was THE place to have a birthday party. I believe it was for Jessica Belowich’s 6th, around 1991. There was a clown, I was freaked out, I consumed Shirley Temples to find solace. I may or may not have puked, I don’t recall, but that’s a lot of grenadine on a five-year-old’s stomach, also mixed with cheeseburger.
- A college awards dinner, circa 2006. The college realizes: of COURSE the kids want to celebrate with more than just water and fountain drinks. But half of attendees are under 21. Let’s give them Shirley Temples. Which I drank sans booze, but I think I was the only one who didn’t think to sneak in a flask.
Here are the Shirley Temples I should have been drinking that night:
Here’s what you’re going to need for a Grown-Up Shirley Temple:
- A rocks glass (we used stemless wine glasses above, which are about the same volume)
- Ice to fill
- Ginger ale
- Grenadine and/or maraschino cherries
- Whisky or bourbon
I personally can’t sip whisky straight, so this is a great way for me to incorporate it into my cocktails. If you think abut it, this is really just a traditional 7&7 cocktail (Seagram’s 7 and 7 Up), but with cherry or sweetened flavors. Give it a whirl the next time you’re out of Coca Cola, and that bottle of Jack Daniels is staring you in the face.
- Add ice to your glass.
- Pour 1-2 ounces of whisky or bourbon into your glass. I eyeball it, because I have some background with counting my pours. Use a shot glass, jigger, or even a quarter-cup measuring cup, because that’s 2 ounces.
- Fill with chosen soda. Above is ginger ale.
- Add your grenadine float, or toss a few maraschino cherries (plus juice) into the situation. This will sweeten the beverage, and sink to the bottom of the glass with the alcohol. Because I hate getting a mouthful of booze when I’m at the bottom of my glass, this is a good way to ensure that the last sip of your drink isn’t like taking a shot.