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.
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.