Post by Eliza Barclay, The Salt at NPR Food (2/11/14)
Generations of little girls have watched the ebullient Shirley Temple light up Depression-era black and white films, her glossy curls bouncing and her voice chirping. Generations, too, developed a taste for the Shirley Temple drink — traditionally, ginger ale with a dash of grenadine, maraschino cherry and lemon for garnish.
The drink, it seems, has a shelf life as long as her movies.
That's because the saccharine beverage in a girly pinkish hue has long embodied glamour in a glass for tweens and the younger set.
Many of us have since outgrown such sweet beverages. But as the world mourns Temple's death, we are reminded of how many people connected with her — not just through her movies but through her namesake drink. Just check Twitter to see how many people are toasting Temple, who eventually became Temple Black, with a Shirley Temple in their hand.