It’s just a fact of life: I’ll never feel as cool as I felt when I drank Shirley Temples with my friends at my bat mitzvah party. Just one sip and I convinced myself I could run with the big dogs drinking Manhattans and margaritas at the grown-ups table.
But for as many Shirley Temples as I drank at various parties and restaurants, I never drank them at home—maybe I was worried they’d lose their charm. But looking back 10 years later, Shirley Temples could never lose their charm. They’re too magical! You should make them at home, and make your own grenadine, too. It’s a fun mini project to do with kids, and it's also just what you need to feel like a kid again yourself—and don’t we all need that after this year?
According to the recipe in The Complete DIY Cookbook for Young Chefs, all you need are a handful of allspice berries, sugar, and pomegranate juice. Then, all that’s left to do is crush the berries and turn your ingredients into a syrup. Just a few minutes of active cooking results in grenadine that’s more flavorful than the store-bought stuff, which is usually made with high-fructose corn syrup and natural and artificial colors—um, no thanks!
So go ahead: Make the grenadine, and pour yourself a Shirley Temple. Whether you’re eight or 88, you deserve it.