Dirty Shirley

It’s the last recipe of Dirty Week tonight and I’m finishing it up with this Dirty Shirley. An adult version of the classic drink you grew up with!


This Dirty Shirley is the grown up version of a shirley temple. I mean really grown up…

I kept the ginger ale and the cherries in this drink because otherwise it just wouldn’t be a shirley temple.

But my cherries are a little bit different than the kind you buy at the store – these cherries have been soaked in moonshine.

For days.

Moonshine is everywhere these days it seems, on TV, in every liquor store you walk into, at bars. There’s even some good flavored moonshine, too. Apple Pie, Cranberry…I’ve enjoyed a few of these flavors with friends. I have to say, it always turns into a pretty fun night!

And now I’m even seeing moonshine mixed into cocktails like this Dirty Shirley.

You have to prepare for this drink though, it does take a couple of days of prep work, but it’s easy.

Get yourself a couple of big jars of cherries and dump out all of that sweet cherry juice. Then replace it with some moonshine. Plain moonshine, not the flavored stuff for this one.

Let those cherries soak up the moonshine for a couple of days and then you’re ready to start drinking.

Get yourself a nice, tall glass and fill it up with ice. Pour in a shot of vanilla vodka, a shot of moonshine, a splash of grenadine and top it off with ginger ale.

Don’t forget those cherries! Remember when you were a kid and you went out to eat and got to order a Shirley Temple? If the bartender loaded up your drink with extra cherries it made your whole night. Same goes for this drink. Load it up with some of the moonshine-soaked cherries for garnish and it’ll make your whole night.

One and done. Enjoy!







Dirty Shirley


A grown up version of the drink from your childhood!


  • 1 oz. vanilla vodka
  • 1 oz. plain moonshine
  • 1/2 oz. grenadine
  • ginger ale for topping
  • A jar of maraschino cherries
  • A jar of moonshine (you’ll have leftover)


  1. Strain out the cherries into a strainer and put the cherries back into the jar.
  2. Add moonshine to fill, put the lid on and keep in the fridge for at least 2 days.
  3. When your ready to make your drink, fill a tall glass with ice.
  4. Pour in the vodka, moonshine and grenadine.
  5. Top with ginger ale and garnish with the moonshine-soaked cherries.


  • Serving Size: 1

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