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 clear glasses.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Dirty Shirley Cocktail Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Dirty shirley ingredients in various bowls.

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).

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.
5 from 21 votes
Prep Time 1 min
Total Time 1 min
Servings 1 cocktail
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 253

Ingredients 

  • Ice
  • 2 ounces vodka (see note 1)
  • 1 ounce grenadine (see note 2)
  • 4 ounces lemon-lime soda (see note 3)
  • Maraschino cherries for garnish, optional

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 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