Spotlight Boston: Jon Allen Puts a “Twist” on an All-American Drink

Jon Allen creator of Temple Twist
Jon Allen creator of Temple Twist
Jon Allen creator of Temple Twist
Jon Allen creator of Temple Twist

Meet Jon Allen, Atlanta native and  a junior at Emerson College student and budding entrepreneur. At only 22, he has created his own organic natural version of  his favorite drink, the Shirley Temple.

Jon entered in Emerson College’s E3 competition where students (usually seniors – he competed as a junior) compete for $10,000 to use as  start up money for their business ideas, and his idea won.

Jon’s entrepreneurial spirit goes back to his roots, being a son of two entrepreneurs he feels like it runs in the family. “When I see something I really love, I do whatever I can to make it happen.” This was true for Jon in high school when his school was having difficulty raising funds for sickle cell. Having a theatrical background, he helped to put together a talent show and through his involvement was able to raise $15,000 for the cause.

Outside Lambert's Marketplace
Outside Lambert’s Marketplace

So why Shirley Temple’s? Jon is pretty much obsessed with the drink.  He would always order them, but once he decided to be more health conscious, he realized that not only did they not have a widely distributed pre-made Shirley Temple on the market, they also didn’t have one that was made with all-natural ingredients. Temple Twist is certified organic, and uses organic cane sugar and stevia extract to sweeten it, and uses no fructose corn syrup.

I tried the drink myself, and it is super refreshing and summery with just enough fizz to tickle your nose. It’s great for a cookout because you can have it around kids without an issue – except for the glass bottle –  or pregnant women, and for those of you who need a little extra “kick”, it mixes well with vodka or gin.

Temple Twist Pour

After the competition, things have just come together. Emerson provided not only the $10,000, but contacts that helped him find distribution and a lawyer. The drink is now being sold exclusively at Lambert’s on Tremont St, but that may not be for long.

“I am bringing Temple Twist back home to Atlanta to do some tastings, so we’ll see what happens from there.”

You do know Atlanta is the Coca-Cola capital right? Alright now. I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing more of Temple Twist and maybe even some more flavors coming down the pike very soon.

To find out more about Temple Twist and when you can try it out, go to their website.