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Dirty Shirley Temple Cocktail

We’re throwing it wayyyy back this week! My first post ever on RecipeBoy was “How to Make a Shirley Temple,” so it only makes sense to take this a step further by making it adult-friendly — 11 and 1/2 years later, here’s the Dirty Shirley Temple Cocktail.

dirty shirley temple

This recipe brings me back to the good ol’ days growing up in San Diego, California. I remember when I made the original as a child and began to learn the ropes of the food blogging business from my mom. Look how far we’ve come since then!

recipeboy with ingredients displayed for making a dirty shirley temple

Ingredients needed:

  • maraschino cherries
  • lemon-lime soda (Sprite or 7-Up)
  • grenadine
  • vodka
  • ice

recipeboy pouring vodka into a glass

How to make a Dirty Shirley Cocktail:

The complete, printable recipe is at the end of this post.

Begin by filling two glasses with ice and pouring a shot of vodka in each. 

four photos showing how to make a dirty shirley temple

Next, fill the glass nearly to the top with lemon-lime soda. I used Sprite, but 7-UP or generic brands are perfectly acceptable. If you want to stay low-cal, opt for Sprite Zero or a reduced-sugar variant.

Add a splash of grenadine and stir, then garnish with maraschino cherries. A little grenadine tends to go a long way, so I don’t recommend a heavy pour.

recipeboy holding a cocktail

The maraschino cherries are essential. They’re the perfect garnish to complement the grenadine in the drink. I used a little cocktail pick to hold them together, which helps prevent the cherries from sinking to the bottom.

As far as drinks go, it doesn’t get much more simple than this. The Dirty Shirley Temple Cocktail is a delicious, refreshing beverage that is sure to bring you right back to your childhood. Enjoy!

hand holding dirty shirley temple

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dirty shirley temple

Dirty Shirley Temple Cocktail
This is the cocktail version of this childhood favorite beverage!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Beverage
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cocktails
Calories 179 kcal


  • ice cubes
  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 1 cup Sprite or 7-Up
  • 2 teaspoons grenadine
  • 4 whole maraschino cherries (or more, if you include a cherry pick garnish)


  • Add ice cubes to two glasses. Pour a shot of vodka into each glass. Top with Sprite or 7-Up. Add a splash of grenadine. Stir! Garnish with maraschino cherries.


Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 179kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 0.1gFat: 0.02gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.01gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 14mgPotassium: 5mgFiber: 0.3gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 5IUCalcium: 8mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword cocktail, dirty, shirley temple
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