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Dirty Shirley


1 serving

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

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