I’ve been ordering Shirley Temple’s at restaurants since I was a kid. Well, mostly as a kid, and occasionally as an adult just to prove how immature I am. I was unaware that you can buy a Shirley Temple in a bottle, and even more unaware of the Shirley Temple Soda Pop Co. This particular bottle was produced out of the Orca Beverage Soda Works facility in Mukilteo Washington which bottles sodas for multiple brands.
The Shirley Temple Soda Pop Co. is most commonly referred to by the name of their product, “Hollywood’s Original Shirley Temple Soda Pop”. Adding to the list of things I didn’t know, the first known Shirley Temple was served at the Brown Derby restaurant in Hollywood, California, in 1937.
This bottled Shirley Temple was bright and tart with a pleasant fruity note mid-finish. The flavor that rests on your palate last is fairly sour, most likely lime juice or some sort of citric acid. While there is quite a bit of citrus, this is a fully sugared soda. If you’re expecting something dry you’re going to be disappointed. While it’s been a while since I’ve had a fresh made Shirley Temple I believe that these flavors are similar, but not exact. A Shirley Temple is generally made with 7-Up or Sprite and some grenadine (pomegranate, or blackcurrant syrup).
I also enjoyed its label informing us that it’s 100% caffeine free. Would anyone ever claim to be 99% caffeine free? Having 1% caffeine content would be astronomical. Either way, not containing caffeine is a good draw for some. Especially kids. My two little guys really liked this soda, but adults would enjoy it as well. This might be generous, but overall I’m willing to give it a 7 out of 10 on my rating scale.
The namesake for this particular beverage? One of America’s original child starlets. Shirley Temple was basically a much more adorable and actually talented Honey-Boo-Boo.
Sampled July 2017, purchased from Double DD Meats in Mountlake Terrace, WA