Dirty Shirley Cocktail

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A Dirty Shirley cocktail is the grown-up version of your favorite mocktail, the Shirley Temple. Made with grenadine and lemon-lime soda, it has the same fruity taste you love along with a kick from vodka.

Dirty Shirley cocktails in two clear glasses.


 

Recipe ingredients

Dirty shirley ingredients in various bowls.

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Ingredient notes

  • Vodka: Use plain vodka or substitute a cherry-flavored brand such as Smirnoff, Three Olives, Svedka, Pinnacle, UV, or Skyy. Grenadine is not made from cherries, but the flavor works.
  • Grenadine. A deep red, pomegranate-flavored syrup.
  • Soda: White soda such as Sprite or 7UP is common. For a more traditional approach, substitute ginger ale (you could add a splash of orange juice, too).
  • Cocktail Glass: I love using these elevated Old Fashioned glasses from Marquis by Waterford. They’re $60 on Amazon, but you can also check out some of my other favorite cocktail glasses.

Instructions

  • Fill a glass with ice, then add 2 ounces (¼ cup) vodka and 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) grenadine. Top with soda, then garnish with a maraschino cherry.
Lemon lime soda being poured over grenadine in a clear glass.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes one cocktail.
  • Skinny: Use diet lemon-lime soda in place of the regular.
  • Shirley Temple: The classic version is made without vodka.
  • Cherry juice: It’s not the same as grenadine, but using the maraschino cherry juice from the jar tastes good too (and also makes a pink drink).
  • Dirty Shirley Punch, makes a batch of 8 (6-ounce) cocktails:
    • 2 cups vodka
    • 1 cup grenadine
    • 4 cups lemon-lime soda
    • 8 maraschino cherries.
  1. In a large pitcher or bowl, add vodka and grenadine and stir to combine. Carefully stir in lemon-lime soda.
  2. Fill individual glasses with ice and top with 6 ounces Dirty Shirley Punch. Garnish with a cherry.

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Dirty Shirley cocktails in two clear glasses.

Dirty Shirley Cocktail

A Dirty Shirley cocktail is the grown-up version of your favorite mocktail, the Shirley Temple. Made with grenadine and lemon-lime soda, it has the same fruity taste you love along with a kick from vodka.
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1 cocktail
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 253
5 from 83 votes

Equipment

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Fill a glass with ice, then add 2 ounces (¼ cup) vodka and 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) grenadine. Top with soda, then garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Recipe Video

Notes

  1. Vodka: Use plain vodka or substitute a cherry-flavored brand such as Smirnoff, Three Olives, Svedka, Pinnacle, UV, or Skyy. Grenadine is not made from cherries, but the flavor works.
  2. Grenadine. A deep red, pomegranate-flavored syrup.
  3. Soda: White soda such as Sprite or 7UP is common. For a more traditional approach, substitute ginger ale (you could add a splash of orange juice, too).
  4. Yield: This recipe makes one cocktail.
  5. Skinny: Use diet lemon-lime soda in place of the regular.
  6. Shirley Temple: The classic version is made without vodka.
  7. Cherry juice: It’s not the same as grenadine, but using the maraschino cherry juice from the jar tastes good too (and also makes a pink drink).
  8. Dirty Shirley Punch, makes a batch of 8 (6-ounce) cocktails:
    1. 2 cups vodka
    2. 1 cup grenadine
    3. 4 cups lemon-lime soda
    4. 8 maraschino cherries.
  1. In a large pitcher or bowl, add vodka and grenadine and stir to combine. Carefully stir in lemon-lime soda.
  2. Fill individual glasses with ice and top with 6 ounces Dirty Shirley Punch. Garnish with a cherry.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 1gSodium: 20mgSugar: 25g
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  1. I always thought this drink should be called a Shirley Temple Black, after Shirley Temple’s married name. Either way, great recipe!5 stars

    1. I feel like you’re half-right. The drink is a Betty Ford if you use citron vodka or Bacardi limon and green grenadine. What is the drink if you use cherry vodka and red grenadine? Worst-case scenario, the drink I have posted is nothing at all, just my own creation I guess. But where I’m from, we call it a Dirty Shirley. -Meggan