Header shot of a Dirty Shirley with a lime flavored popsicle in it.

Dirty Shirley Popsicle Cocktail

When I was a kid, I absolutely lived for a Shirley Temple (the drink, not the little girl). There was nothing more exciting than going to a restaurant and getting a Shirley Temple with a bright, syrupy cherry on top. So when I heard that the Dirty Shirley was the drink of summer 2022, I had to get in on the fun. My version is the ultimate homage to the joys of childhood. Mostly because it includes a popsicle. I kept it super low key and accessible. The ingredients are all easy to come by, and the popsicles are store bought. If you’re looking for a nostalgic drink that’s perfect for a hot summer day, I think you’ll love this.

What’s a Dirty Shirley?

The Dirty Shirley is basically the adult (read: boozy) version of a Shirley Temple. It’s mostly lemon lime soda, with a splash of grenadine syrup, some vodka, and a maraschino cocktail cherry. This version also includes a lime flavored popsicle! It adds a nice little lime boost and ups the refreshing factor by like a thousand.

A note on ingredients:

Don’t get too hung up on brands for this recipe! Your favorite vodka will do just fine (though I used Kirkland). Same goes for the lemon lime soda and the popsicle. All that said, I used Sprite for my soda and Outshine for my popsicle. I add these details because unlike produce, these ingredients have their own formulas and may have slight differences in taste. But if it’s a brand that you like, I’m sure you’ll like it in this!


Dirty Shirley Popsicle Cocktail

Course cocktail, Drinks
Keyword cherry cocktail, cherry lime, cherry limeade, dirty shirley, Dirty Shirley Popsicle Cocktail, lime popsicle, shirley temple
Servings 1


  • 2 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Grenadine syrup
  • 4 oz Lemon lime soda (I used Sprite)
  • 1 Lime flavored popsicle (I used Outshine)


  • Maraschino cherries
  • Lime


  • Add the vodka, grenadine, and lemon lime soda to a glass. Then stir with the popsicle. Garnish with a cocktail cherry and lime slice if you'd like, then enjoy!

If you make this throwback cocktail, I hope you love it! I also hope that it helps keep you cool during this brutally hot summer. As usual, if you make this drink, let me know what you think in the comments or on Instagram! It always makes my day to chat with you and see your creations.

Looking for more refreshing summer drinks? Try my grapefruit and orange blossom aperol spritz or my frozen strawberry rhubarb margaritas! Or check out my spring and summer cocktail roundup for more delicious and refreshing drink ideas.

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