Gone are the days of espresso martinis, as there’s a new kid in town for summer 2022, and this trendy drink comes with a big dose of nostalgia. The Dirty Shirley, aka a drunken version of a Shirley Temple, is going to be all the rage this summer. You don’t have to search for long how to make a Dirty Shirley because, like most trends, the drink came on TikTok with recipe tutorials. Surprisingly simple, the drink consists of five ingredients that you probably already have on your bar cart. To get a head start on the new (old) sip, learn how to make a Dirty Shirley with these viral TikTok recipes, then prepare to leave your friends in awe of AF with your newly acquired mixology -skills.
You may remember ordering a Shirley Temple (or a kid’s cocktail) on special occasions with the fam as a kid. Named after the famous child actor, it was sweet and delicious, made with Sprite of 7UP, grenadine, and maraschino cherries. And now it’s making a wicked comeback. Bartenders and bar owners have recently noticed the drink making its rounds in the New York City bar scene. on May 5 New York Times article, NYT Cooking editor Becky Hughes proclaimed the drink of the summer and cited reports of lifestyle influencers sipping the trending drink. “The Dirty Shirley reflects the Juicy Couture, hot pink, low-rise post-Y2K aesthetic,” said The New York Times.
According to Hughes, the appeal of the Dirty Shirley is that it juxtaposes the ordinary vodka soda with bright colors and intensely sweet flavors. Ashwin Deshmukh, owner of Short Stories in Bowery, told the Time that people have transferred their suburban tastes back to the city after moving home for a while. I mean, there’s no denying that Y2K has made a comeback, so it was probably only a matter of time before the Dirty Shirley got into the chat. If you’re 21 or older, here’s how to join the trend.
Dirty Shirley Recipes on TikTok
If anyone is early in the trend, it’s TikTokers. Bartender @courtneyshae__ when viral with a TikTok of a Dirty Shirley Tutorial in September 2021 and as of May 6 it has 6.4 million views. It calls for a shot or two of vodka in a tall glass with ice, topped with sprite, a shot of grenadine, and a maraschino cherry.
Many followed this example at the end of 2021. In more recent videos, @Cocktails made a video from April 12th shows you how to make the drink with detailed measurements.
You need this:
- 2 shots of vodka
- 1 shot of grenadine
- ½ splash of lime juice (this is not in the OG, so you may want to try one with and without a lime.)
- Sprite/Ginger Ale
- 1 maraschino cherry
- Mix the vodka, grenadine and lime juice (again, can mix the lime juice if you like old school) in a glass with ice.
- Top it off with your choice of Sprite or ginger ale.
- Garnish with a maraschino cherry.
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