Shirley Temple, the dimpled, curly-haired child star who lifted America’s spirits during the Great Depression, passed away on Monday, aged 85.

A statement released by the star’s family said she passed away peacefully of natural causes, “surrounded by her family and caregivers”.

After starting her career in Hollywood at the age of 3, and becoming America’s top box office draw throughout the 1930s, Temple went on to forge a career as a US diplomat. She was appointed as the ambassador to Ghana under President Ford, and went on to represent the US in Czechoslovakia under President Reagan. She later became an advocate for women to get regular breast checks, after undergoing successful surgery for breast cancer in 1972.

Temple leaves behind an indelible legacy, so to honour the life of the iconic star, we have a great version of the “Shirley Temple” mocktail for you to whip up at home.

The story goes that the mocktail got its name after Temple wanted her own, non-alcoholic version of her parents’ favourite drink, The Old Fashioned. So why not toast the life of this remarkable entertainer with her signature drink!

Shirley Temple Recipe


  • 1 tbsp. grenadine
  • ½ cup lemon-lime soda (or ginger ale)
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 1 maraschino cherry


In a tall glass, add the lemon-lime soda, orange juice and grenadine. Stir well and garnish with the maraschino cherry.

N.B. You can also substitute the orange juice for a slice of orange!

  • Sounds really nice


  • She had an incredible career. Love the Shirley Temple.


  • My daughter has adorable tight ringlets like hers but brown hair :)


  • I was so saddened when I first heard about her passing, I feel like I grew up with her, ie, seeing her movies as a child. RIP Shirley x


  • RIP Shirley Temple – you were such a great actress


  • How I love this drink we make it every weekend and have it with a couple of nibblies so worth trying.


  • Loved her acting RIP Shirley


  • I loved the old Shirley Temple movies, I’ve even got some now on DVD.


  • I love this little girl in movies, she was so talented


  • A sad passing. I can’t believe her amazing career both in hollywood and outside of it.


  • A toast to Shirley temple.


  • Lovely article. RIP Shirley Temple.


  • When my mother was little, she had a head of curls like Shirley Temple. She tried to give me curls, by putting my hair in rags at night, to make ringlets. I complained so loudly about how uncomfortable they were, that she gave up.


  • Sounds yummy this drink recipe :)


  • She was a huge part of my childhood. She has left a great legacy


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