A Blood Orange Shirley Temple. A new twist on your favorite childhood drink made with ginger ale, grenadine, and blood orange syrup.
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Well today we’re making Shirley Temples. Chances are, if you were ever 5 years old, and most of us were, we were served one when we went out to dinner with our parents. And we loved them! Fun fact, though, you know who didn’t? Shirley Temple. According to the Pedia of Wikis:
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!”
Well, I still like em.
A Little Twist
I can’t make a Shirley Temple and not put a little twist on the recipe. It’s simple to make one. All you need is Sprite/7-Up (or ginger ale), grenadine, and a maraschino cherry for garnish. My version, replaces the lemon lime flavor with blood orange and uses ginger ale to balance it out.
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A blood orange is a type of orange native to cooler climates, well cooler than say Florid and get their name from the deep red color of the inner flesh. They ahve a more tart taste than your average orange and, in my opinion, are absolutely delicious. The flavor of a blood orange contrasts nicely with the über sweetness of grenadine and soda.
Blood oranges are seasonal and are usually available from December to May. However, for this recipe, you’ll be able to make these all year long.
This recipe uses equal parts Torani blood orange syrup and grenadine for flavor. It’s simple to mix up a batch to keep on hand. Just combine 1 cup of grenadine and 1 cup of blood orange syrup.
To make the drink, slice a blood orange into wedges. Then fill a highball or hurricane glass 2/3 of the way with ice. Add 1 ounce of the syrup mixture and top with ginger ale. Garnish with a blood orange wedge.
Remember how you had made 2 cups of syrup? Well that should be enough for 16 Blood Orange Shirley Temples so you’ll have plenty for later!