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Have you heard of the Dirty Shirley cocktail before? It’s the hottest new drink of the summer.

Surely (no pun intended) you remember the classic shirley temple. It is a non-alcoholic drink named after the child star herself, Shirley Temple. It’s a classic mix of grenadine and Sprite. We’re taking that classic mocktail up a notch with this dirty shirley.

It’s in fashion! A simple cocktail derived from an innocent childhood drink, it’s simple to make, cheerfully bright, and can easily be turned into a mocktail for kids and non-drinkers. Great for a special occasion but also perfect for a normal summer day.

What is in this article?

  • Summary
  • What is dirty Shirley?
  • Shirley’s Dirty Ingredients
  • How to Make a Dirty Shirley Recipe
  • variations
  • make a big batch
  • easier cocktails
  • dirty shirley


  • What is dirty Shirley?
  • How to Make a Dirty Shirley Recipe
  • easier cocktails

What is dirty Shirley?

A dirty shirley is a Shirley Temple cocktail made with lemon lime soda (sprite), grenadine syrup, vodka, and maraschino cherries, my favorite part of the easy cocktail.

I’m sure people have been drinking these favorite beverages for years, but after some major outlets like The New York Times, Popsugar, Buzzfeed, and People ran an article, that’s all anyone can talk about.

I was literally writing this post by the pool and directing another group ordering it at the tiki bar and a separate group discussing it poolside as this year’s trendy cocktail.

Shirley’s Dirty Ingredients

The list is made up of simple ingredients, but also has a long list of variations to make your own custom Shirley Temple dirty cocktail.

  • lime flavored drink– The most traditional can also use any flavor of sparkling water. Cherry will provide a sweeter flavor or you can opt for all lemon or all lime. You can also use ginger ale if you like. All options are equally refreshing.
  • Grenadine– This tropical magenta colored syrup is alcohol free and cherry flavored. In a pinch, just use the juice from the maraschino cherry jar.
  • Vodka– the most essential ingredient to make it into a cocktail, flavored vodka is also an option to enhance citrus or tropical flavors.
  • boards– When I was a kid, I asked for extra cherries. Fruit is healthy, right? As an adult, I like to thinly slice lemons or limes, as well as cherries. These elegant metal cocktail sticks add a touch of sophistication.

How to Make a Dirty Shirley Recipe

It’s so simple that we don’t even need to write the steps.

  1. Just grab your favorite highball glass (a tall, skinny glass is fine too) and fill it with ice cubes. Then you’ll pour in a splash of grenadine, add a dash of vodka, then add the lemon-lime soda.
  2. Garnish your adult beverage with cherries, lime wedges, or your favorite fruit and create happy memories as you sip this Shirley Temple beverage.


  • Fruit juice– Just a splash of fruit juice takes Shirley’s dirty temple to new heights. Orange juice, lime juice, cranberry juice, or pineapple juice are my personal favorites.
  • boards– fresh mint or basil add an essence of aromatic herbs.
  • triple sec– For an extra kick and extra fruity flavor, add a splash of triple sec to this dirty Shirley drink recipe.
  • Vodka– Of course, you can stick with the plain vodka, but the mix of grenadine and the new dark cherry vodka would also be a tempting combination. Or maybe a citrus flavor?
  • To drink- If you want this drink to be less sweet, you can substitute the lemon-lime soda for the club soda. Any type of soda you use to make this fizzy drink is great.

make a big batch

Making a large batch of any cocktail is a great way to ease things up for a barbecue or garden party. Unlike fancy cocktails like the espresso martini, these dirty shirley cocktails can be made in large batches and served in a punch bowl.

Because the ingredients are so simple, it’s the perfect make-ahead drink. Simply multiply the recipe by the number of guests (allowing each guest to have a few) and add all ingredients to your serving bowl.

I would recommend keeping the ice on the side and letting people add their own. This way the drink will not be diluted. To keep the adult version of this drink from running out, you can also allow each person to add their own sprite.

easier cocktails

  • Easy Mint Mojitos
  • Martini with lemon drops
  • French Martini Cocktail

Watermelon Vodka Cocktail Looking for the best summer cocktail? This watermelon cocktail works with sparkling water, fresh lime juice, triple sec, vodka, and agave. Orange Crush Cocktail Easy instructions for the best Orange Crush Cocktail recipe using fresh oranges, vodka and specialty liqueurs to make yours the bomb! Tropical Rum Punch If you’ve ever wondered how to make rum punch, look no further than this fruity rum punch recipe! The perfect cocktail for any occasion!

dirty shirley

The hottest new drink of the summer, this Dirty Shirley cocktail transforms a classic Shirley temple into the ultimate refreshing drink for grown-ups! Prep Time5 min Total Time5 min Course: Beverages Cuisine: American Keyword: dirty shirley, dirty shirley cocktail Servings: 1 Calories: 267 kcal Author: Jessica Formicola Cook Mode Prevent screen dimming

  • 8 oz Sprite or lemon-lime soda
  • 1 ounce grenadine syrup
  • 1 1/2 ounces of vodka or one shot
  • Maraschino cherries to decorate
  • Pour ingredients over ice.
  • Mix and decorate with fruit.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it went.

Calories: 267kcal | Carbs: 43g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 11mg | Sugar: 36g | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg

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