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Dirty Shirley – Recipe

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What is a Dirty Shirley

You can pretty much guess what drink this is…. an adult version of a Shirley Temple that has alcohol in it! I guess that’s why it’s now called a Dirty Shirley.

If you’ve ever been to a nice restaurant as a kid then it’s a sure fact then you at least had a Shirley Temple sometime in your life or have at least seen another kid with it.

It’s that red mesmerizing¬†mocktail drink with a delicious Maraschino cherry on top that made you feel cool when the server dropped it off. Afterward, you probably felt even cooler just sipping away at the red drink like a BOSS.

It almost gives you that adult feeling as if you were considered an equal to your parents because it came from the bar.

Of course, all it was is just a glass filled with lemon-lime soda and splashes of grenadine but it gave it that stunning cocktail look and it tasted pretty darn good.

Now that you’re searching this recipe on the web, it’s safe to say that you must be an adult by now and wanted to bring back some of that childhood memory but with an alcoholic twist!

Dirty Shirley Variations

Pretty simple recipe. It just has lemon-lime soda, splashes of grenadine or more if you wanted a more distinct red color or just to satisfy your CRAZED sweet tooth.

Instead of using lemon-lime soda like Sprite, you can actually replace it with ginger-ale which would give it a similar taste profile. You can even squeezed some fresh lime juice to even out that sweetness.

If you’re making this at home, make it the way you like.

Craft Process: How to Make

Some stuff you’re gonna need to make a Dirty Shirley

  • Measuring Jigger
  • Highball glass

1. Add all ingredients into a High Glass with ice

Here is the list of ingredients needed

  • 1 and 1/2 oz of Vodka
  • Lemon-lime soda (or Ginger-ale)
  • Grenadine

In a highball glass filled with ice, add your Vodka alcohol then fill to top with lemon lime-soda. Splash some grenadine on top and add more until your desired color.

Instead of lemon-lime soda, you can substitute it for Ginger-ale. You can even add some fresh lime juice to offset the sweetness.

2. Garnish with Maraschino Cherry

Let the grenadine sink and displace throughout the drink. Garnish this tasty adult drink with a Maraschino Cherry.


Dirty Shirley

Adult version of a Shirley Temple. 

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 3 minutes
Servings 1 Persons


  • 1 and 1/2 oz Vodka
  • Fill Lemon-Lime Soda Sprite
  • Splash(es) Grenadine


  1. Add ice to highball glass

  2. Add 1 and 1/2 oz of Vodka

  3. Fill with lemon-lime soda (Sprite) to the top

  4. Splash of grenadine until desired red color.

  5. Enjoy!

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