The Dirty Shirley recipe is to the classic Shirley Temple cocktail what post-Miley Liam Hemsworth is to everyone’s favorite Thor and wholesome hottie, Chris Hemsworth. It’s a little naughtier with a rebellious streak, but still 100% delicious. Here’s our recipe for the Dirty Shirley cocktail that upgrades this nostalgic drink from the kids’ section to the grownup table without missing a beat.
Dirty Shirley Recipe
PREP TIME 2 min
Try a flavored vodka like SKYY Infusions® Pineapple for a tropical vibe.
Level up by making your own grenadine syrup with sugar and pomegranate juice.
Provide a selection of retro cocktail garnishes like sugar canes to add an element of fun.
Add the SKYY Vodka and grenadine to a serving glass filled with ice
Top with the lemon-lime soda and stir gently and briefly to combine
Garnish with a maraschino cherry, and serve
How the alcoholic Shirley Temple drink came to be
Dirty cocktails have always appealed to adventurous drinkers who like to put a bit of a spin on a classic, and the Dirty Shirley is no different. While the exact origin of the first vodka-laced version of the Shirley Temple mocktail lies obscured in cocktail history, it’s safe to say it followed closely in the footsteps of the non-alcoholic drink that was first poured and named in honor of the eponymous child star in the 1930s. It’s the ideal option when you want something nostalgic and comforting, with a teensy bit of kick.
Variations of the Dirty Shirley to take for a spin
Now that you know how to make a Shirley Temple with alcohol, here are a few variations on this classic theme you are likely to enjoy as well:
Shirley Temple Mocktail
Naturally, you’ve got to try the OG mocktail that inspired the dirty version. Featuring ginger ale, lemon or lime juice, and a splash of grenadine as ingredients, the sweet, girlish Shirley Temple is also garnished with a maraschino cherry.
Lemon Drop Martini
With a jaunty attitude and a pretty sugar rim, the perfectly balanced and refreshingly tart Lemon Drop Martini hails from the heydays of the 1970s and was named after a zesty candy that was equally popular at the time.
The always-classy Cosmopolitan is made with SKYY Vodka, Grand Marnier, cranberry juice, and lime juice, typically served in a martini glass and garnished with a twist of lemon or lime.
A dapper Dirty Martini is an iconic cocktail made with gin or vodka, Cinzano Vermouth Bianco, and olive brine, giving it a salty and savory flavor that’s both bold and sophisticated.
Great times to serve a Dirty Shirley Temple
The Dirty Shirley drink is a classic that can be served at just about any festive occasion. However, we do think this amazing party cocktail it’s particularly suited to:
- Retro parties of any kind (1950s, 1940s, 1930s etc.)
- Oscar-watching occasions (movie-themed and all that)
- National Vodka Day (celebrated on October 4th each year)