Grown Up Shirley Temple
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What’s better than a Shirley Temple? A grown up Shirley Temple made with ginger beer and Balsamic vinegar. It’s a mocktail that the kid and the adult in you are going to love! This post is sponsored by Pompeian. Thanks to Pompeian’s ongoing commitment to quality and innovation, home cooks can depend on Pompeian’s high quality olive oils and vinegars as a great-tasting base while exploring new flavors and ingredients.
It’s summertime! That means picnics and beach days and cold drinks by the pool.
When I have friends over in the summer I like to make special drinks for us to enjoy. However, if it’s a daytime party, or a long party, I don’t want to only have alcoholic mixed drinks. Having a big pitcher of homemade lemonade or making up some mocktails is a great option.
For my last get together I was in the mocktail mood and the first thing that came to mind was my old childhood favorite, The Shirley Temple. Except, I don’t have the sweet tooth that I had when I was a kid. The question became, how do I make a grown up Shirley Temple?
A classic Shirley Temple is made with ginger ale or 7-up. The ones I had growing up always used ginger ale though so I was heading in that direction.
Question:What’s full of ginger but not as sweet? Ginger Beer! Note that ginger beer comes in alcoholic and non-alcoholic varieties. I used the non-alcoholic one.
The other main ingredient in a Shirley Temple is grenadine. I like the color grenadine gives to a drink but not the syrupy flavor. I therefore went with half grenadine and half balsamic vinegar. Yes, you read that right. Balsamic vinegar is amazing in cocktails! Think about it: We put sour things like lemon and lime juice in cocktails all the time for that bit of acid and freshness. Vinegars can do the same thing.
Balsamic vinegar is particularly great in mocktails because it has so much depth. Just make sure that you use a Balsamic vinegar that you really like. I chose the Pompeian Organic Balsamic Vinegar because I love the taste and because it’s made from select, organically grown grapes from Modena, Italy. It’s harvested at the ripest moment to ensure the highest level of flavor and is produced in the time-honored tradition of Modena. The grape juice is slowly cooked and then placed in barrels for refining and aging which adds that complex depth of flavor that we want in a mocktail.
I also squeezed in a bit of lime juice and a bit of orange juice to round things out.
The traditional Shirley Temple garnish is a maraschino cherry. Eek! Those things are so sweet and fake tasting. My kids love them but I prefer something less cloying. Go for a fresh cherry or, one of my favorite things, jarred bing cherries. The ones at my grocery store are sold beside the maraschino cherries and say Bada Bing on the label. These cherries are pitted but still have their stems on, so they’re perfect as a garnish for a drink. They don’t contain any dyes or corn syrup so they’re definitely a great choice when making a more adult beverage.
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What’s better than a Shirley Temple? A grown up Shirley Temple made with ginger beer and Balsamic vinegar. It’s a mocktail that the kid and the adult in you are going to love!
- 1 cup non-alcoholic ginger beer
- 3 tsp. grenadine
- 2 tsp. Balsamic vinegar, such as Pompeian Organic Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 tsp. lime juice
- 1 tsp. orange juice
- 1 jarred bada bing cherry (for garnish)
- 1 lime wedge (for garnish)
- 1 orange wedge (for garnish)
- Pour the ginger beer into a tall glass.
- Add the grenadine, Balsamic vinegar, lime juice and orange juice. Stir gently.
- Add ice.
- Put lime wedge, orange wedge and cherry on a skewer or toothpick and put it on top of the glass to garnish. Serve.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Pompeian. All opinions are my own.