The Washington Post
The Dirty Shirley is an alcoholic version of the Shirley Temple, itself a kid’s version of an adult cocktail. Especially when made with commercial grenadine and lemon-lime soda, it is aggressively sweet. Those who prefer their drinks less so should steer clear — or try a bitter lemon soda, a good craft grenadine (look for brands that include an acidic component in their ingredient list. They may not be as scarlet!). Or try a more restrained variation.
Total time: 5 mins
Grenadine is widely available at grocery and liquor stores. Traditional recipe adapted by Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.
2 ounces vodka
1/ to 1 ounce grenadine, to taste
6 to 8 ounces lemon-lime soda, ginger ale or a mix of the two
Maraschino cherries, for serving
Fill a highball glass with ice. Add the vodka and grenadine, then top with soda and/or ginger ale to fill. Stir gently to combine, then garnish with the cherries and serve.
Nutrition | Per serving (using 1/ ounce
grenadine and 6 ounces soda): 240 calories, 0 g protein, 28 g carbohydrates, 0 g fat, 0 g saturated fat, 0 mg cholesterol, 21 mg sodium, 0 g dietary fiber, 23 g sugar