As a bartender I always needed a go to drink for people that didn’t like alcohol, but wanted to get a buzz.  This drink has great flavor, masks alcohol very well and comes in a bright red package.

Not-So-Shirley Temple

This adds the best part of drinking to the traditional non-alcoholic drink.  Vodka!!

The Not-So-Shirley Temple

  • 1-2 oz – Vodka
  • 5 oz – 7-up or Sprite
  • 1/2 oz – Grenadine
  • 2 maraschino cherries for garnish

Fill a rocks glass with ice.  Add the vodka and 7-up or Sprite.  Then top with the Grenadine and stir.  Top with the maraschino cherries and serve.

Not-So-Shirley Temple Closeup

This drink is tasty and sweet.  Not for the person that hates sweet, but definitely for the person that hates the taste of alcohol.

Bartender Tip of the Day

When I used to bartend I would get asked to make a drink for a person.  They would always say, surprise me, or give me whatever you recommend.  I created a little chart to help you out if you ever have a party or find yourself bartending.  It sounds basic, but it works 90% of the time.

Drink chartIt really is that simple.  Hope you guys had a laugh and are having a good day.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.


    • Rex Reply


      I agree that in a traditional Shirley Temple ginger ale is used, however in modern versions of the drink they use 7up or Sprite as the base. I am guessing because it is more palatable to the kids. I went with this more common version for the base of my drink. Thanks for the comment.


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