Ambassador Shirley Temple Cocktail

Our updated take on the Dirty Shirley is about to be your new favorite drink. We swapped the vodka for tequila (omit for a delish mocktail) and the grenadine for a chile-infused syrup featuring Italian Luxardo maraschino cherries, which are dense and chewy with a sweet-tart flavor. They will take your Dirty Shirley to new heights and are also delicious with their rich syrup over ice cream.

tall glass with pink color cocktail and skewer with cherries
Photo: Brie Passano
Total Time:
5 mins
1 cup


Ambassador Shirley Temple

  • Ice cubes

  • 1 ½ tablespoon (3/4 oz.) lime juice

  • 1 ½ tablespoon (3/4 oz.) Chile Grenadine or purchased grenadine syrup

  • 3 tablespoon (1 1/2 oz.) silver tequila (optional)

  • 4 - 6 ounce ginger beer, chilled

  • Luxardo cherry

Chile Grenadine

  • 1 cup pomegranate juice

  • 1 cup granulated sugar

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 pasilla or guajillo chile, seeded and crushed


Ambassador Shirley Temple

  1. In an ice-filled cocktail shaker combine lime juice, Chile Grenadine, and tequila (if using). Cover and shake until very cold. Strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with 4 oz. ginger beer or 6 oz. if omitting tequila. Top with a cherry.

Chile Grenadine

  1. In a small saucepan combine all ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Cover and let steep 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer and chill before using. Makes 1 3/4 cups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

157 Calories
39g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 157
% Daily Value *
Sodium 12mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 39g 14%
Total Sugars 32g
Vitamin C 6.9mg 35%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Potassium 35mg 1%
Folate, total 2.3mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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