I don’t drink anymore. I’m not against it. I just got tired of the headache that came later. When I go out with friends who are drinking I usually order a Shirley Temple. Usually someone laughs. Isn’t that a little kid’s drink?
I remember when we were kids it was a big deal to be somewhere that served drinks. My parents didn’t drink very often, so it was a treat to be somewhere so adult. We kids still usually had pop on these outings (or soda if you call it that where you live), but every so often my mother would order us Shirley Temples. Oooo, what a thrill! Sometimes they even came with a little umbrella! This was high class.
I still go out for dinner and/or drinks with friends. Ordering Shirley Temples might sound funny, but when I have a Shirley Temple no one bothers me to drink more, or to start drinking. The drink looks adult, but costs the same as a ginger ale. A win win for me.
The last time a group of us went out, by the end of the evening two more people were asking for Shirley Temples! It’s a fun drink without the kick in the head afterward. You can also add alcohol to make a Dirty Shirley.
In case you would like to try making one the recipe is simple:
3 oz ginger ale
3 oz lemon/lime pop (or Sprite)
splash of grenadine (a nonalcoholic syrup used in drink making)
a maraschino cherry
(you can also add a splash of orange juice)
There are a few different recipes, but this is one of the most popular.
So, the next time you are out and just don’t feel like having an alcoholic drink, but want more than a pop/soda, hop on the Good Ship Lollipop and order a Shirley Temple.