I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

A little girl walks into a bar.........

One of the jobs my grandfather had when I was little was at a country club as bartender.
I use to love going there, they always had the neatest swizzle sticks. They were almost like little toys, some had little whistles that actually worked others had moveable parts. To this day in my china cabinet I have a little jar filled with all the swizzle sticks I collected as a child, there has to be at least 30 of them if not more. Of course a young lady that was all of 4 or 5 couldn’t just get these swizzle sticks unless she ordered a drink and this young lady’s drink of choice…..why a “Shirley Temple” naturally and since I had an in with the bartender, I always got extra cherries!

Shirley Temple

7-Up, ginger ale or club soda
Maraschino cherries
cherry juice/grenadine

Pour glass about 2/3 full of 7-Up. Add about 3 maraschino cherries, also add about 1/8 teaspoon of cherry juice. Mix together and add ice.


ButtaBuns said...

Love this post!!!!

I'll always associate this drink with the height of sophistication. Even as an adult who has graduated onto Shirley Temple Blacks, bI still think it's exciting. That's a neat collection of swizzle sticks too. It's too bad they don't make them like that anymore.

Chris said...

I love this post! I felt so grown when I got a Shirley Temple. Thanks for this!

Anonymous said...

I've never had a Shirley Temple but I have club soda, cherries and grenadine in the kitchen... hmmm. :) This looks like delicious and refreshing drink, thanks for sharing the recipe!

Ari (Baking and Books)

Glenna said...

That's so sweet! I remember drinking Shirley Temples with my Nannie every New Year's Eve...I felt so grown up too.