Meet the Shirley Temple King, an Adorable 6-Year-Old Beverage Critic

Updated: Feb. 27, 2024

The Shirley Temple King is serious about his love for the iconic drink.

You probably ordered many Shirley Temples (aka Kiddie Cocktails) as a kid. You remember…it’s the sweet elixir of ginger ale or lemon-lime soda and grenadine garnished with a bright maraschino cherry. It’s an effervescent treat that turns any occasion into a celebration.

The brightest young Instagram star is known as @theshirleytempleking. The junior beverage critic has made a name for himself by testing and candidly grading Shirley Temples at restaurants across the U.S. We love him, and so do more than 250K followers!

Who is the Shirley Temple King?

His real name is Leo Kelly. The adorable 6-year-old from Fairfield, Pennsylvania, has risen to Internet fame thanks to his honest reviews of Shirley Temples—and that heart-melting smile.

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Leo’s viral Instagram account, which is managed by his parents, includes videos of his honest reviews of the drink. With posts often topping 100,000 views each, Leo has so much star power, he’s even appeared as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

How does Leo evaluate Shirley Temples?

He greets viewers with, “Hey guys! It’s the Shirley Temple King!” in every video, before diving into his reviews. Adorable.

Then, Leo is brutally honest when it comes to providing feedback. He orders a Shirley Temple at every restaurant he visits and rates it on a scale from 1 to 10, based on flavor, pinkish-red color, fizziness, the number of cherries and other very important criteria.

Here’s how a select few restaurants’ Shirley Temples ranked, according to Leo’s personal scoresheet:

We love our new buddy Leo, and he makes us want to order more Shirley Temples!

How do I make a Shirley Temple at home?

Just fill a glass with ice, then pour in about 1 ounce of grenadine. Next, top it off with the ginger ale or lemon-lime soda. Add a plump maraschino cherry (or three!) for garnish.

The real question is, would the Shirley Temple King approve of your concoction? We hope your homemade Shirley Temple is a 10/10 on Leo’s scale.

Next up: Learn the history of the Shirley Temple and other classic recipes.

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