Drink Menu: Shirley Dimple

🎼 Summertime and the thirsting’s easy. 🎶

But, for real, it’s hot out there. It’s important to stay hydrated. That said, there’s only so much water you really want to drink in a day. Eventually, you gotta switch it up. I’m not a big soda fan, never really have been. If I’m in the mood to drink that much sugar, I tend to reach for beer. Alas, alcohol doesn’t mix well with the pain medication I’ve been on since surgery so I had to get a bit creative.

They say necessity breeds invention.

Enter the Shirley Dimple, my mocktail of lip-smacking deliciousness. It’s similar to a Shirley Temple, wherein you’d have grenadine, club soda and a maraschino cherry garnish. My version has a kick, though. It’s more about flavor and less about sugar. And, you know, she’s pretty.

Shirley Dimple

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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medium saucepan, whisk or spoon, citrus juicer, immersion blender, strainer, bottle, single chopstick (or fancy stirrer if you’re fancy with your stirring)


3 limes (2 for juice, 1 for garnish), 1 lb cherries, powdered ginger, filtered water, 1/4 cup agave nectar, 1/4 cup brown sugar, club soda / sparking water, ice



To make our very own grenadine, we need to simmer down. Those cherries, that is! Throw pitted cherries, juice of two limes, ginger powder, filtered water, brown sugar and agave nectar in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring continuously. This recipe would be really fun to work on during a Halloween party for the sheer bloodiness. It seriously looked like I was a mur-diddly-urderler. Once there’s a pretty consistent boil, cook over medium-low heat. Stir continuously and cook until all the water is gone and your cherries are mushy sweet. Use an immersion blender until the mixture is smooth and then a strainer to create a fine, sweet sauce. Pour into a bottle and refrigerate for easy serving later. Ain’t nothin’ to it, but to do it!

There are no preservatives so the shelf life is shorter than store-bought drink bases, but it’s fresh and natural and you’ve eliminated the need to add bitters. I’d only keep it for 5 days, but it hasn’t lasted long enough.


I like to use a taller glass for Shirley Dimples. These outlandish fancy mason jar glasses are perfect for the job. Add ice, drizzle our homemade grenadine, squeeze some extra fresh lime, if you want, then pour club soda over the whole shebang and stir. Garnish with a stemmed cherry and a lime slice. Enjoy!

Shirley Dimples

Brianna Wray

Author: Brianna Wray

I'm an artist in Seattle just living the dream.

2 thoughts on “Drink Menu: Shirley Dimple”

  1. Totally agree that necessity breeds innovation – I got so much more creative with my drink choices when I stopped with alcohol. I think making your own syrups/grenadine is really awesome idea (for sugar and cost!). I’m really inspired to try some out myself now!


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