Dirty Shirley Here’s a Shirley Temple for grownups! We found that typical Dirty Shirleys are cloyingly sweet. Our version uses half the amount of grenadine as other versions and a lower-in-sugar ginger beer instead of ginger ale or lemon-lime soda for a refreshing drink.


5 mins


5 mins




  • Ice
  • 1 ½ ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce grenadine
  • 4 ounces light ginger beer (see Tip)
  • 4 ounces plain seltzer or club soda
  • 1 maraschino cherry (see Tip)


    Step 1

    Fill a tall glass with ice. Add vodka and grenadine, then top with ginger beer and seltzer (or club soda). Stir to combine. Garnish with cherry.


We tested and analyzed this recipe with Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Ginger Beer— it’s lower in added sugar so not as sweet as other ginger beers. Look for it with sodas or cocktail mixers at your supermarket. If you avoid food dyes, look for a brand of maraschino cherries without them, such as Mezzetta. You can even substitute the liquid from the jar for the grenadine, if you’d like.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 10 oz. Per Serving: 168 calories; carbohydrates 18g; sugars 14g; added sugar 11g; sodium 28mg; calcium 7mg.


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