A Dirty Shirley Cocktail is the grown up version of the sweet, bubbly drink your parents used to get you when you went out to eat. Made with ginger ale, grenadine, maraschino cherries and vanilla vodka it might just become your new drink bff.
For this recipe you'll need: vanilla vodka, maraschino cherries, grenadine, ginger ale or ginger beer (the spicier the better), and ice
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Grown Up Version of Your Childhood Fav
When I was little going to a restaurant was a very big deal. Nowadays it's common to go out to eat several times a month but back then?
Not so much.
It was the age of dressing up to go to the grocery store. Poufy dresses, patent leather shoes, little white gloves... they were all part of the ensemble whenever a public appearance was required.
Best manners, best clothes, best behavior.
When we did go our I was allowed to get a Shirley Temple which seemed very special and grown up. It was a pretty red drink with plenty of fizz and a cherry in the bottom of the glass.
These days I still love the Shirley Temple, but like me, she's grown up and gotten a bit more worldly.
Dirty Shirley with Vanilla Vodka
Although many recipes call for cherry vodka I prefer plain or vanilla vodka in this recipe. It might be because those vodkas are less cloyingly sweet than the cherry vodka OR it could be that I got horribly sick on cherry vodka when I was 16.
Either way - feel free to use whatever kind of vodka you prefer.
More Favorite Cocktails
I do love a good cocktail! Here are some of my favorite cocktail recipes - give them a try.
- Electric Lemonade is bright blue... think of it as the adult version of blue Kool Aid.
- Sex in the Driveway has the weirdest name ever but it it so good.
- Spiked Arnold Palmer so refreshing for summer sipping.
- Durango Cocktail is similar to a Paloma.
- Bourbon Peach Tea tastes like summer in the South!
Another absolutely refreshing cocktail named after an actress is the Ginger Rogers. SO GOOD!
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Dirty Shirley Cocktail Recipe
I like this cocktail made with ginger beer - the spicier the better. You could make it with lemon-lime soda as well.
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- 2 ounces vanilla vodka
- 1 ounce grenadine
- 6 ounces ginger ale
- 1 maraschino cherry
- 1 lime wheel
- Fill a shaker with ice and add the vanilla vodka and grenadine.
- Shake well.
- Strain into a chilled glass full of ice.
- Add the ginger ale.
- Add the cherry and lime garnish.