When we go out to dinner our twins usually order a Shirley Temple. I loved having Shirley Temples at my grandparents as a kid. We would go over their house on Saturday nights, the Lawrence Welk Show was always on tv when we arrived. My grandma always popped pop corn on the stove, us kids played pool or games in the basement while the adults drank Hi-Balls and played Pitch upstairs.
I have so many fond memories of their house. It was always so much fun!
There is something about a maraschino cherry in your glass that make what your drinking feel special. Especially when you are a kid.
My kids love when we add ice cream and make them into a float. I had never blogged them until now!
Now I think they make such fun Valentine treats, don’t you?
So, whip one up for your kiddos for Valentine’s Day… or any day you want to give them a special treat, and a smile.
A History Of The Shirley Temple
Sad to say, Shirley Temple, for whom the drink was named, hated it. File that under “celebrity problems”. Apparently the drink was invented by a bartender in Los Angeles California when Shirley Temple was a huge child movie star. As an adult, she went on to become a famous and notable ambassador.
But apparently, no one could ever let her grow up. Every where she went people thought is was hilarious to serve her a Shirley Temple.
Unfortunately, she found them much too sweet.
Is “too sweet” even a thing? We need more sweetness in this world! As a child star, Shirley Temple embodied the very essence of sweetness. She was a huge star because it.
Of course, a float of ice cream makes the Shirley Temple even sweeter. When you get right down to it… if it brings a bigger smile, then that alone is pretty sweet.
Variations On Shirley Temple Floats
Truth be told, the original recipe for Shirley Temples called for Ginger Ale as the soda of choice. Since then, I think most recipes favor lemon-lime soda these days. If you want, then a couple other types of soda work pretty well too.
Apple soda like Martinelli’s works well. And of course any cherry flavored soda will put an extra cherry on top. If you use a dark caramel colored soda like root beer or cola, then it may taste great. But it won’t be a Shirley Temple any more. It will just be a regular old soda float.
The clear or light colored sodas work best since they allow the color of the cherries to do their magic.
An Adult Version Of The Shirley Temple Float
Ok, I know the Shirley Temple is a great “kids cocktail” (which doesn’t sound very politically correct… but it was invented in much different times right?). However, if you want to do an adult version for the adults in the room, then go for it!
For the adult version, then go with a clear alcohol like vodka just because it mixes well, won’t diminish the color, and doesn’t alter the taste to dramatically. If you feel more adventurous though, I guess a clear rum could work. Haven’t tried it myself, but I would be open to the idea.
- Lemon Lime Soda
- Maraschino Cherries
- 1 1/2 Tablespoon Grenadine Syrup
- Vanilla Ice Cream
- Whipped Cream
Fill a glass with vanilla ice cream, pour lemon lime soda over the top. Add Grenadine syrup. Top with whipped cream and a cherry on top!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 529 Total Fat: 16g Saturated Fat: 10g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 63mg Sodium: 151mg Carbohydrates: 93g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 83g Protein: 5g
Here are some other fun ice cream treats your kiddos are sure to love!