As a child, my go-to drink was the Shirley Temple, as I’m sure it was for many kids. I would order about 5 in one night at dinner, and never sleep, since the main ingredient was sugar. If you’ve never had a Shirley Temple, you are missing out and you must make one immediately.
Once I was no longer a pre-teen who needed to be fueled on sugar alone, I decided that it seemed odd if I continued to order them while out to dinner. BOO. It wasn’t until years later when I visited Mexico with my family that I conjured up the courage to order my once favorite Shirley Temple. I was 19 years old, which is legal drinking age in Mexico, so when I ordered it the waiter asked me if I waned it “sucio?” If you speak spanish you know that means “dirty.” I had no idea what he meant by making my Shirley Dirty -it felt wrong – but I nodded, and before I knew it he was putting a hefty amount of Absolute Vodka in my once virginized drink. After my 5 temples I was old enough to know that what I was feeling was not a sugar rush, but I was wasted off my Shirley. That day I realized I could make a big girl drink out of my once childish go – to drink. I now don’t feel that embarrassed when I order my Dirty Shirley out at bars, and when people ask me what they are, I educate them, they try it, and they fall in love.
If you want to cut some cals, or are simply not a sugar loving human like myself, try using club soda, it does the trick as well.