KIMBERLY VOSS PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Central Florida. She blogs at She is the author of The Food Section (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014) and a co-author of Mad Men & Working Women (Peter Lang, 2014)

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The death of Shirley Temple last month led to an interest in the history of the Shirley Temple cocktail. The drink is named, of course, for child actress Shirley Temple who began her Hollywood career at age three in 1932 and went on to be a U.S. diplomat as Shirley Temple Black.

Several restaurants claimed to be the first to create the sweet non-alcoholic beverage. It typically consists of ginger ale and a splash of grenadine, topped with maraschino cherries. One legend is that on Temple’s 10th birthday, a bartender at Beverly Hills restaurant Chasen’s first created the drink for Temple to drink when she dined there with other…

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