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Dirty Shirley Cocktail Recipe

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The Dirty Shirley is a fun and flavorful cocktail that brings an adult twist to the classic Shirley Temple. Made with cherry vodka, grenadine, lime juice, and topped off with lemon-lime soda, this drink combines sweet, tart, and fizzy elements for a refreshing beverage perfect for any casual gathering or party.

Tasting Notes

The first sip of a Dirty Shirley is vibrant and sweet, with the cherry vodka and grenadine providing a strong fruit-forward flavor. The sweetness is balanced by the citrusy kick of lime juice, which adds a refreshing tartness. The lemon-lime soda introduces a fizzy element, making each sip light and effervescent.

Overall, the cocktail is well-balanced, with the sweetness of the cherry and grenadine blending harmoniously with the tart lime and bubbly soda.

As you continue to drink, the flavors meld together even more, creating a smooth and satisfying experience. The cherry vodka’s depth comes through more prominently, giving the drink a slightly more robust taste, while the grenadine maintains its sweetness. The lime juice ensures the drink remains refreshing, preventing it from becoming overly sweet.

The lemon-lime soda keeps it lively and crisp, making it a perfect choice for a warm day or a festive occasion.

Tips & Tricks

Use a flavored soda, such as ginger ale or tonic water, instead of lemon-lime soda for a different twist.

Mix in a dash of bitters to add a hint of complexity and counterbalance the sweetness.

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Dirty Shirley

Dirty Shirley

Nostalgia Meets Bold Flavors in Every Sip


  • 2 oz cherry vodka
  • 1 oz grenadine
  • 0.5 oz lime juice
  • 4 oz lemon-lime soda


  1. Build in glass, starting with plenty of ice.
  2. Add all your ingredients, topping with soda last.
  3. Stir gently to combine, and serve.


Any flavor vodka will do here (including plain), but we suggest opting for a flavor that pairs well with pomegranate (such as a type of berry or citrus).

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