Caffeine-free, non-alcoholic carbonated beverage.
Saranac soft drinks, The Matt Brewing Company, Utica, NY
By Bill Lau
Posted May 30, 2015
Created in the 1930s in California (some claim by a bartender at Chasen’s in Beverly Hills, others credit The Brown Derby restaurant in LA – see Wiki) in honor of the child actress, the Shirley Temple non-alcoholic cocktail is typically made with ginger ale and grenadine syrup and garnished with a cherry. The drink has been served to countless children in particular over the years, with a fair number of grown-ups enjoying it as well.
The Matt Brewing Company (long-time brewery and more recently contract brewer of some note) started producing soft drinks during Prohibition to keep the business alive, and offers this ready-to-serve version, perfect for the summer heat (or anytime you or your younglings crave something a little different from the usual soda suspects).
Brilliant ruby red appearance. Smells like grenadine (pomegranate syrup) with a hint of cherries and faint ginger and cream soda notes. Sweet & fruity, with a mix of grenadine, mild ginger ale, & touch of cream soda flavors, with a wisp of cherry at the back end. I find it to be rather enjoyable and refreshing and not overly sweet. (I think my inner child likes this and wishes he’d been offered the mocktail growing up.)