The Dirty Shirley cocktail takes a boozy twist on the classic Shirley Temple mocktail. The result? A fizzy and slightly fruity mixed drink that is refreshing and oh so good! This Dirty Shirley recipe is simple so you can get right to sipping.
Made with just three ingredients, making a Dirty Shirley drink at home is quick and easy. The spiked adult version of the mocktail you enjoyed as a kid is sure to bring back memories.
What is a Dirty Shirley
A Dirty Shirley drink is a grown-up version of the classic Shirley Temple mocktail that we all enjoyed as kids. Containing the same ingredients of grenadine, lemon lime soda or ginger ale, and a maraschino cherry, the Dirty Shirley recipe adds vodka to the mix for a clean, boozy finish.
What’s in a Dirty Shirley
One of the best parts of a Dirty Shirley cocktail is the short list of simple ingredients. It contains grenadine (a pomegranate flavored syrup), lemon lime soda, unflavored vodka, and maraschino cherries for garnish. The quality of vodka isn’t as important for this recipe as other vodka forward cocktails, so a mid-level vodka will work just fine.
How to Make a Dirty Shirley Temple
- Fill a glass with ice
- Add vodka and grenadine
- Top with lemon lime soda
- Gentley stir and garnish with a maraschino cherry
How to Serve
Serve your Dirty Shirley drink with lots of ice in a glass tumbler. Garnish with a maraschino cherry (or two) and serve immediately to enjoy cold and to keep the bubbles fizzy and fresh.
There are approximately 264 calories in a Dirty Shirley drink.
The Shirley Temple Black Drink would be considered the male version. Instead of vodka, it uses dark rum to add a spicy finish.
Other Drinks with Grenadine
- 2 ounces Vodka
- 1 ounce Grenadine
- 4 ounces lemon lime soda ex Sprite/7up
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Pour in the vodka and grenadine.
- Top with lemon lime soda.
- Gently stir.
- Garnish and enjoy!