Dirty Shirley Cocktail – The Adult Shirley Temple!

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Yes folks, it’s the Dirty Shirley – the sassy, alcoholic version (sort of) of the Shirley Temple. Using maraschino liqueur and cherry vodka, it’s an easy to drink cocktail that you are sure to love.

Dirty Shirley Cocktail in a glass with flower design, garnish with cherries
Dirty Shirley Cocktail

How to make a Dirty Shirley

This drink is pretty easy to make.. you’ll need cherry vodka, Luxardo maraschino liqueur, lemon lime soda and grenadine (learn how to make your own grenadine).

One thing that’s important here is to not use a Boston Shaker as it’ll flatten the pop. You want to stir the drink with a bar spoon lightly so as not to disperse the bubbles too much. Using the measurements outlined in the recipe card below, prepare your various ingredients. Then you’ll want to choose a nice looking glass to serve it in and place 4-5 ice cubes into it. Pour in the vodka and the cherry liqueur. Top the drink with lemon lime soda and about a teaspoon of grenadine. Garnish with a cherry and serve!

close up Dirty Shirley Cocktail in a glass with flower design, garnish with cherries
The finished product – using cherry vodka, maraschino liqueur and lemon lime soda

If you enjoy this drink, I suggest trying some of these other excellent drinks:

How to Make a Cosmopolitan Cocktail Drink

How to Make a Shirley Temple Drink




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Dirty Shirley Cocktail - The Adult Shirley Temple!

Cherry vodka, cherry liqueur and lime make the Dirty Shirley an easy to make popular cocktail!
5 from 10 votes
Dirty Shirley Cocktail in a glass with flower design, garnish with cherries
Prep Time
2 minutes
Total Time
2 minutes
Karlynn Johnston


  • 1 1/2 ounces cherry vodka if you can't find it, use plain
  • 1/2 ounce Luxardo cherry liqueur
  • 8 ounces lemon-lime soda
  • 1 teaspoon grenadine
  • ice cubes
  • maraschino cherry for garnish


  • Place 4-5 ice cubes in a large highball glass.
  • Pour the vodka and the Luxardo over the ice.
  • Top with the lemon lime soda, then add the tsp of grenadine.
  • Garnish with a cherry and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 244kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 1g, Sodium: 25mg, Sugar: 30g

All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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