Take a trip down memory lane with this Dirty Shirley Cocktail recipe! A grown up twist on the classic kid mocktail with citrus and fruit flavors.
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Dirty Shirley Temple
When I was a kid, the Shirley Temple was the go-to drink for going out to eat. And with all the cherries we could get!
This easy cocktail recipe is based on the childhood classic with the addition of vodka.
What is the Dirty Shirley?
A Dirty Shirley is a version of a Shirley Temple drink with alcohol in it.
See below for a list of ingredients!
Is there Another Name for a Dirty Shirley?
Not for what is considered to be this drink.
There are variations with other sodas and ingredients that go by other names.
What is the Difference Between a Shirley Temple and Roy Rogers?
Both made with grenadine, a Shirley Temple uses lemon lime soda while a Roy Rogers uses cola.
If made with alcohol, a Shirley Temple uses vodka and a Roy Rogers uses bourbon.
Does a Shirley Temple have Alcohol in it?
No! The original Shirley Temple is alcohol free.
This Dirty Shirley does add alcohol for a grown-up version of a classic.
Where did the Drink Shirley Temple Come From?
It is believed that a bartender made the non-alcoholic Shirley Temple drink for the Shirley Temple actress one day in Beverly Hills.
What Kind of Alcohol is in a Dirty Shirley Temple?
Traditionally it uses vodka.
But you could also use gin, clear rum, or tequila if preferred.
What is in a Dirty Shirley?
Here is what you need to make this vodka cocktail:
- Lemon Lime Soda
- Maraschino Cherries
How to Make a Dirty Shirley
This is a very easy cocktail to make!
Fill a glass with ice. Then pour the vodka over the ice.
Then add the grenadine.
Top it off with a lemon lime soda, and garnish with a maraschino cherry (or 4!) and serve.
Is Grenadine an Alcohol?
No. It is a syrup.
What is Grenadine?
Grenadine is a flavored syrup that turns drinks either red or pink.
It is made with pomegranate which is a surprise to most as it tends to be considered a cherry flavor.
What Does Grenadine Taste Like?
Overall the flavor is sweet, like other syrups, with a fruity taste but it does not have a traditional strong pomegranate taste, regardless of being made from it.
Dirty Shirley Recipe
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Pour the vodka over the ice, followed by the grenadine.
- Top off the drink with lemon lime soda.
- Garnish with the maraschino cherries and serve.