The Story Behind the Shirley Temple Mocktail

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The Story Behind the Shirley Temple Mocktail

The Shirley Temple is a popular non-alcoholic cocktail named after the iconic actress, singer and dancer. Read on to discover what's inside the drink and where it was invented.

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The Shirley Temple is a "mocktail," which is an alcohol-free version of a cocktail.

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The classic Shirley Temple combines ginger ale and grenadine syrup with a maraschino cherry on top.

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Since the Shirley Temple has been around for most of this century, there is still a lot of debate about the origins of the classic drink.

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However, the actress Shirley Temple Black told NPR that the drink was invented by the Brown Derby Restaurant in Hollywood in the 1930s.

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Shirley Temple Black was protective over the Shirley Temple. She went to court with a soda company to ensure they wouldn't borrow her name in a bottled version of the drink.

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In addition to loads of memorable films and an impressive political career, Shirley Temple's legacy will always include her eponymous drink.

Nowadays, alcohol-free "mocktails" are pretty commonplace. There are virgin piña coladas and margaritas, but the Shirley Temple was the first authentic mocktail to gain popularity.

Check out the slideshow above to learn more about the Shirley Temple.

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