This refreshing beverage pays homage to the classic Shirley Temple with an upgraded and jazzed up twist; fresh cherries, sprigs of mint, and lime wedges, oh my!
If you follow me on Instagram you know I recently got back from the BlogHer 2017 conference.
What is BlogHer you ask? BlogHer is a movement that inspires women to find their voices and turn their passions into content, community and commerce. These badass women create content on a large scale variety ranging from topics like food, fashion, parenting, politics and so much more.
During the conference, we got to hear from popular speakers that touched on their area in the industry. Each keynote speaker spoke on what made them successful, mistakes they may have made, and a lot of other informative and funny stories. For example, one of the keynotes that I enjoyed was Carla Hall, from ABC’s “The Chew” and world renowned chef, Cat Cora. They spoke on their experience being a woman in the food industry that at times was dominated by men. Cat told us how when invited to cater events, she was always asked to make desserts and never an entrée. To be able to cater an event and be given the honor of making the main dish is a big deal. She went on to tell the story of how after that experience, she always clarifies that she is making the entrée and NOT the dessert.
The conference was also jam packed with other people you may know like Serena Williams, Chelsea Clinton, Luvvie Ajayi, Janet Mock, Maria Bello, and goodness, so much more.
I’ve been wanting to attend the BlogHer conference for a couple of years but the timing was never right. BlogHer holds an annual conference, each year in a different state. Fortunately this time around the conference was in my home state of Florida so I was game. I met so many other awesome women content creators and some fellow food blogging pals that I interact with online too. I was definitely taken outside of my comfort zone by meeting with so many people and engaging in conversation with strangers. Bloggers/influencers also got to connect with brands and get tips on being a business owner. To say I learned so much would be a severe understatement. I walked away from the conference feeling so grateful, inspired, and refreshed.
As a blogger, it’s easy to feel uninspired because we work essentially behind the scenes. There have been so many times where I’ve felt overwhelmed by all of this blogging stuff and the funny thing is people think I have all my ish together with this blog, ha! Needless to say, my experience at BlogHer 2017 was so good that I’m still on a high from it.
Like the good blogger that I am (ha ha), I came home and got to work on some new recipes. If you haven’t checked out these popsicles yet, I’m not talking to you for a week.
Now let’s talk about this jazzed up Shirley Temple. I don’t know about you but when I think about a Shirley Temple, it takes me back to being a kid, in like, 7th grade when I thought I was cool. Not the 7th grade Quin with big ole doo-doo braids that my Mom forced upon me. You know, when you were drinking a Shirley Temple and you felt like an adult with your fizzy drink and maraschino cherries.
I wanted to keep the classic elements of a Shirley Temple but give it a more sophisticated feel. What I also love about this beverage is that it looks like something you would order at the bar but it’s actually kid-friendly. This jazzed-up Shirley Temple contains no alcohol and I’ve opted for fresh black cherries in lieu of maraschino cherries. I’ve also added some lime wedges and then finished this baby with a sweet kiss of mint for garnish. Oh, you fancy, huh?
- 2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved
- 4 (7.5 fl oz) cans ginger ale
- 2 limes, thinly sliced
- Grenadine syrup, splash to desired taste
- Optional: fresh sprigs of mint for garnish
- Fill each glass with ice.
- Place desired amount of cherries and limes into each glass.
- Fill each glass with ginger ale.
- Add a splash of grenadine to each glass.
- Stir and garnish with mint if desired and enjoy!