Dirty Shirley

Remember Shirley Temples? The drink we all used to order as kids? This Dirty Shirley cocktail is an adult, boozy version that’s going to become a favorite!

Dirty Shirley Cocktail on a napkin












A Boozy Version Of A Classic Drink Recipe

I used to LOVE going out to restaurants when I was a kid and ordering a Shirley Temple. I felt so grown up when it came to the table, a little kid version of the cocktails that my parents ordered…

But, man I really loved how they tasted, too! That sweet, cherry flavor mixed with Sprite or 7 UP was literally the bomb when I was a kid. So we thought that we’d recreate this famous drink recipe and give it an adult kick with this Dirty Shirley cocktail.

There’s nothing to say that we can’t enjoy flavors from our childhood even as adults!

Ingredients For A Dirty Shirley

We’re getting a little creative with the booze here, and we think you’re going to love the combination!

  • Vodka: Regular vodka is great, vanilla vodka adds a lot more flavor to this drink than regular vodka. It’s pretty widely available at your liquor store.
  • Sprite or 7UP: Any brand of lemon lime soda will do, or if you like your cocktail less sweet just use plain seltzer.
  • Maraschino Cherries: The classic flavor of maraschino cherries are a must for this drink!
  • Grenadine: You can use the grenadine right from your bottle of maraschino cherries, but you can also buy a whole bottle of it. You can grab grenadine at the liquor store and the grocery store.

Dirty Shirley Cocktail featured with cherries












How Do You Make A Dirty Shirley Drink?

To make these Dirty Shirley cocktails all you need to do is fill a high ball glass with ice and add the vodka, and grenadine. Top with Sprite or 7UP, stir and garnish with lots of cherries!

You can also add plain seltzer to these drinks if you want them a little less sweet.

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Dirty Shirley

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Serving 1x

A grown up version of the classic drink from your childhood! This Dirty Shirley cocktail is kicked up with vodka – so it really packs a punch!



  • 2 ounces vodka or vanilla vodka
  • 1 ounce grenadine
  • Sprite or 7UP for topping
  • 34 maraschino cherries for garnish


  1. Add the vodka and grenadine to a high ball glass with ice.
  2. Top with 7UP or Sprite and garnish with cherries. If you like a drink that’s less sweet you can use plain or cherry flavored seltzer.

Recipe Notes

You can also use diet soda to lessen the sugar content of the drink.

  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: mantitlement, dirty shirley, shirley temple, vodka cocktails, vodka drinks, drink recipes

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