Dirty Shirley Recipe

Lisa Grant | Jersey Girl Cooks

Dirty Shirley revisits the classic Shirley Temple drink of your childhood. You will love this adult version!

I love to eat at restaurants, and I am lucky to frequent them at least once a week. But as a child, this wasn’t the case.

There were four kids in my family and money was tight. Eating at a restaurant was a very special occasion.

We would go to restaurants only a few times a year. One occasion was either my grandfather or grandmother’s birthday.

Other times, we were invited to a special event such as a christening or shower. Those times were very special and it was not only the food that I remembered.

It was ordering that special Shirley Temple drink. Years later, the Dirty Shirley cocktail came into my life and I've loved them ever since.

Dirty Shirley Photo

What Is a Shirley Temple?

Shirley Temples are typically made with ginger-ale or a lemon-lime soda. I always remember drinking one with 7- Up or Sprite.

The best part was those maraschino cherries that came in the glass. If you were lucky, the bartender would give you a few extra cherries.

I know they are filled with sugar and dye. They actually taste nothing like real cherries but I just love them.

Dirty Shirley Picture

I am not sure if it was the taste of the drink or the fact that I felt grown up drinking one that made me love them so much. Let’s fast forward to the present.

I still love Shirley Temples and I could still eat a half of a jar of maraschino cherries. But I have not seen many adults order Shirley Temples at a bar.

My kids get them and I will not lie. I have snuck a sip of their drink or maybe even a few gulps.

Recently I was at a party, and to my surprise there was a "dirty" Shirley on the drink menu. My eyes lit up and I had a sip.

Sprite, vodka, and a splash of grenadine were mixed in a glass. The bartender added three cherries to the glass and I was in heaven.

There will be no more sneaking sips from my kids’ drinks, as now I can have my own grown up version.

Dirty Shirley Image

I went home and decided to experiment making my own dirty Shirley. I bought some cherry vodka and the best bottle of grenadine I could find. Grenadine is a syrupy concentrated pomegranate juice that is used in lots of cocktails.

The cherry flavored vodka made the cherry flavor really stand out. This is definitely my new favorite drink!

Try making a dirty Shirley and adding some booze to that classic drink. Just make sure you don’t mix up your drink with your kid's. Enjoy!

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Dirty Shirley Recipe

  2 Servings


  • 1 12 ounce can Lemon Lime Soda
  • 3 ounces Cherry Vodka
  • 2 splashes Grenadine Syrup
  • 2 Maraschino Cherries, Plus extra for garnish
  • wedges Lime Wedge, For garnish


  1. Fill two glasses with ice.
  2. Pour in the Sprite and the cherry vodka dividing equal amounts in each glass.
  3. Add a splash of Grenadine and cherry to each drink.
  4. Mix drinks well and garnish with cherries and limes.
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Author: Lisa Grant
Recipe Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 0
Calories 191

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g
  Saturated Fat 0g
Sodium 33mg
Total Carbohydrate 28g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 20g
Protein 0g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Lisa Grant

About Lisa

Like all moms, Lisa needs quick and easy dinners during the week for her busy family. As our Easy Dinners Fanatic, she creates meals that you can make between soccer and band practice that are full of flavor and good for you too. You can see more from Lisa on Jersey Girl Cooks.

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