7 drinks like The Dirty Shirley that will bring nostalgia


Things are already heating up before the official start of summer as TikTokers ramp up the rooftop season with cocktail recipes for days. In case you haven’t heard, Shirley Temples is making a comeback in the form of Dirty Shirleys, aka *the* drink of summer 2022. The smooth, vibrant version of a vodka soda is a fun change from to standard. But if that’s not your jam, you can always sip on something just as nostalgic when you discover these drinks like the Dirty Shirley. If you’re 21 or older, you’ll want to check out these fun and tasty drinks that are basically a #TBT in a glass.

The Dirty Shirley started making the rounds on social media in early May 2022. And a May 5 New York Times the article helped ignite the trend. According to the Times, the boozy take a Shirley Temple – which is made with Sprite or 7UP, grenadine and maraschino cherries (plus vodka to make it dirty) – has become popular for its nostalgic flavor and sweetness. . Fashion isn’t the only time capsule from the year 2000 finding its way back to the mainstream: the Dirty Shirley is reminiscent of the childhood drinks you can now snag during happy hours. According to bartenders and bar owners The temperature spoken with, the Dirty Shirley “found a way to eclipse vodka soda.”

If you want even more boozy nostalgia, kick back with poolside drinks this summer and learn how to make these seven cocktails (and mocktails) that look like the Dirty Shirley. With grenadine, pops of color and major throwbacks to different eras, these sips are smooth, boozy and perfect for the ‘Gram’. From a classic tequila sunrise to old-school Clover Club cocktails, these concoctions are sure to get drinks flowing.


A three-ingredient cocktail with colors as amazing as the name suggests. All you need to create this summer drink is tequila, orange juice, and grenadine, layered in a tall glass in that order. The first tequila sunrise was poured in the 1930s by Gene Sulit from the Arizona Biltmore Hotel who made it with soda water, lime juice and liqueur. The drink really took off in the early 70s in Sausalito, California when it took on its modern form with orange juice and grenadine. ICYDK, the Rolling Stones apparently popularized the drink during their 1972 tour.


This brightly colored mix hails from the equally vibrant island country of Singapore, where it was first invented in 1915 by the bartender of Raffles Singapore Ngiam Tong Boun. The original Singapore Sling contains grenadine and cherry liqueur, according to Raffles Singapore, but variations of the drink omitted the grenadine and incorporated pineapple juice for a tropical twist instead, relying on cherry liqueur to give it its reddish hue. The key is Benedictine liqueur for the infusion of the drink.


You drank gin fizz, but did you drink grenadine fizz? TikToker @megs.creative.kitchenThe creations of will make you rethink going to a bar for cocktails. the “pink sparkling gintakes the basics of a gin fizz, strips away the egg white and simple syrup, then kicks it up a notch with grenadine and lemonade, in place of soda water. Not only does this make the recipe easier, but it introduces more complex flavors of sourness and sourness. To top it off, spice up the already mind-blowing drink with slices of lemon.


Close your eyes and let this cocktail transport you back in time to the pre-Prohibition era of the 1880s as you sip the refreshing and fruity gin blend that was ahead of its time. Still a popular drink today, it has had its ups and downs since its coined at the Philadelphia men’s club of the same name. To prepare the drink you will need gin, lemon juice, one egg white and raspberry syrup or fresh raspberries. TikToker @likeablecocktails crush fresh raspberries in this recipe to give it the characteristic pink tone and sweet flavor.


This cocktail will take you on a whirlwind of flavors that born in the early 1940s at Pat O’Brien’s New Orleans bar. The bar is always open and offers many Hurricane cocktails. It was invented at a time when there was a shortage of whiskey but heaps of rum for everyone, hence why the the recipe calls for both light rum and dark rum. Its similarity to the Dirty Shirley comes from its addition of grenadine, which gives it the splash of color it is known for.


As summery as it gets, the Malibu Sunset is aptly named after the coconut-flavored rum the recipe is built around. It’s so similar to Dirty Shirley, even down to the maraschino cherry. If you already have the ingredients to make a Dirty Shirley, you will only have to add pineapple and orange juice to the mixture, to replace soda. Layering the drink will give it the same gradient effect as tequila sunrise. At sunset or sunrise, this drink is ideal for brunch or a boozy cocktail.

If you don’t drink alcohol, this mocktail that became popular on TikTok in April 2022 could be your new party destination. It’s fun, it’s nostalgic, it’s a diet soda with coconut cream, lime juice and half and half. from utah swig invented the Dirty Soda in 2010 and it’s been a local favorite ever since. Same Olivia Rodrigo tried the drinkand it instantly went viral on social media.

There are so many more cocktails to sip this summer — from Euphoria-drinks inspired by Ready-to-Drink Cosmopolitans by Sarah Jessica Parker. It will be aperitif time all summer long.


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