Saturday October 22, 2005

This I Believe #5

...that there should be a drink, consisting of 7-Up, grenadine, and some kind of alcohol (probably rum) called the "Shirley Temple Black".  This would be an example of the back-formation of a drink: instead of the usual process whereby a "virgin" drink is derived from an alcoholic drink by leaving out the liquor, in this case a new alcoholic drink would be created by adding liquor to a soft drink.  A Shirley Temple Black should therefore not include a cherry.

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Posted by: eric morse at Oct 23, 2005 4:42:20 AM

Awesome. I love the "This I Believe" series. More! More!

Posted by: Bridget at Oct 23, 2005 9:19:05 AM

Yes, funny! But I'm sorry about being picky - virgin drinks themselves are the backformations. Also, drink recipes may differ, but the alcoholic Shirley Temple you describe sounds like a Singapore Sling (which has orange juice, but where I come from, so do Shirley Temples).

Posted by: Bob K at Oct 27, 2005 11:17:21 AM

Gah! Orange juice in a Shirley Temple? That's just...wrong.

Posted by: The Wife at Oct 27, 2005 6:39:43 PM

Noo i agree. where i am from we all put orange juice in our shirley temples... it tastes so much better.

Posted by: MC at Apr 26, 2006 10:40:30 AM

i prefer my shirley temples with vodka and a cherry. when i order at the bar i just call them a "vodka shirley temple," and the bartender usually figures it out--7up/sprite, grenadine and vodka. yum!

Posted by: jodie at Sep 21, 2006 5:46:32 PM