'Dirty Shirly' is the 2022 Drink of the Summer

You can’t be serious and stop calling me Shirley. That’s a famous movie line from the movie “Airplane.”

Move over Moscow mule- the hit drink of the summer of 2022 is reminiscent of your childhood sitting at a cozy restaurant while your parents consume beverages! And, of course, you felt left out.

You wished there was a drink that was just for you, and back then, it was a Shirley Temple. I remember my first Shirley Temple as a child at Mr Paul’s Chop House before I consumed a complete plate of frog legs Roadhouse Style, but that’s a story for another time. This story is about the newest fad- our old friend Shirley Temple.

Shirley Temple has become an adult, and the new drink is called a Dirty Shirley. It’s an alcoholic spin on the classic Shirley Temple. The Dirty Shirley is a cocktail traditionally made with vodka, lemon lime soda or Ginger ale and grenadine that gives you the wonderful color and is garnished with a maraschino cherry. It has a lot more of a kick!

With the current heatwave I think I’ll try to make a gallon or two this weekend to enjoy!


Born in Mt Clemens, Screamin has been a part of the Detroit airwaves for over 29 years with 26 at WRIF and 3 years as a morning show host at Z-Rock. When he’s not out on the streets, you can find him in his game room, where he collects jukeboxes and classic pinball machines. Screamin also devotes time doing local charities with his, "Screamin Angels"; and for 15 years with Rock 4 Tots charity. “CHIT” is his local cover band for 10 years all over the Motor City in local bars and has graced the main stage at local festivals like Arts, Beats & Eats warming up for national acts like Cheap Trick, Guess Who & even Salt & Peppa. Screamin’ is the lead singer and also plays cowbell & lead triangle

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