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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.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 253kcal




  • Fill a glass with ice, then add 2 ounces (1/4 cup) vodka and 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) grenadine. Top with soda, then garnish with a maraschino cherry.



  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.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 20mg | Sugar: 25g