We all loved to sip on Shirley Temples when we were kids—that’s why we were so inspired to create an adult version. Say hello to our dirty Shirley—it’s an adult Shirley Temple cocktail recipe!

We swapped out all the kid stuff for more adult-centric ingredients like (ahem, vodka) cream soda instead of lemon-lime soda and dark cherry juice rather than grenadine. Topped off with a squeeze of fresh lime and Maraschino cherries for garnish, we couldn’t be happier with the results!

In the test kitchen, we did learn that too much cherry juice made this cocktail taste more like cough syrup than a cocktail, so make sure you pay attention to the proportions of each ingredient.

A glass with a refreshing dirty Shirley cocktail.

Dirty Shirley Cocktail Recipe

Turn a classic kids’ drink into an adults-only version with our dirty Shirley cocktail recipe!


Yield: 2 cocktails
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  • 4 oz vodka
  • 8 oz cream soda
  • 4 oz dark cherry juice
  • 1 squeeze lime
  • maraschino cherries, for garnish if desired
  • wedge lime, for garnish if desired


  • Combine liquid ingredients in a cocktail shaker or small pitcher filled with ice then shake or stir until well-combined. Strain mixture into serving glasses with ice, garnish with cherries then serve immediately.


For a lighter version of this cocktail, you can always swap the cream soda for fizzy water!
Calories: 239kcal, Carbohydrates: 29g, Protein: 0.3g, Fat: 0.1g, Saturated Fat: 0.01g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 20mg, Potassium: 47mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 25g
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Dirty shirley cocktail recipe