Dirty Blonde Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Dirty Blonde is a refreshing cocktail that combines the smoothness of vodka with the tanginess of grapefruit juice and the sweetness of peach schnapps. It's a popular choice for those who enjoy a fruity, yet potent drink. The cocktail is believed to have originated in the United States, and its name is a playful nod to the cocktail's light, golden color.

How Dirty Blonde Tastes?

The Dirty Blonde is a delightful balance of sweet, sour, and strong. The peach schnapps adds a sweet, fruity flavor, while the grapefruit juice provides a tart, citrusy note. The vodka gives the cocktail its strong, boozy kick.

Interesting facts about Dirty Blonde

  • The Dirty Blonde is often served in a highball glass, which allows the drinker to fully appreciate its beautiful color.
  • Despite its name, the Dirty Blonde is actually a very clean and refreshing drink.
  • The cocktail's name is a playful nod to its light, golden color.


A few good options for Dirty Blonde are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


The 1.5 oz of vodka serves as the backbone of the cocktail, providing a clean, neutral spirit that allows the flavors of the other ingredients to shine. Vodka is a versatile spirit that doesn't overpower, but if you overdo it, you risk overshadowing the subtle flavors of peach and grapefruit. If you skip it, well, you just have a peachy grapefruit juice on your hands!

Emma Rose

Peach Schnapps

With 1 oz of peach schnapps, you’re infusing the cocktail with a sweet, fruity essence. It’s the flirtatious wink that says this drink is fun. No peach schnapps? You lose the 'dirty' and are left with a lonely 'blonde.' As an alternative, try apricot brandy for a similar stone fruit vibe but with a bit of a boozy kick.

Mary Mitkina

Grapefruit Juice

3 oz of grapefruit juice adds a tart and tangy twist, providing a counterbalance to the sweetness of the peach schnapps. It's this juice that gives our 'blonde' its name, by providing a slightly murky, yet attractive hue. Decrease the amount and the cocktail might become too sweet, too much and it might pucker your lips more than you’d want. No alternatives here – grapefruit juice is the star!

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Recipe. How to make Dirty Blonde Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the vodka, peach schnapps, and grapefruit juice.
  3. Stir well to combine.
  4. Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and serve.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh grapefruit juice for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass beforehand for a colder, more refreshing cocktail.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Seafood: The freshness of the grapefruit pairs perfectly with seafood, especially shrimp and lighter fish dishes.
  • Salads: A crisp, green salad with vinaigrette dressing would complement the citrus notes of the cocktail.
  • Chicken: Grilled or roasted chicken with herbs can balance the fruitiness of the cocktail.
  • Cheese Platters: Soft cheeses like brie or goat cheese can counteract the acidity of the grapefruit juice.

Drink Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: For those who prefer a non-alcoholic beverage, sparkling water is a refreshing complement.
  • Light Beers: A light lager or pilsner can cleanse the palate between sips of the Dirty Blonde cocktail.

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What you could change in Dirty Blonde

If you don't have peach schnapps, you can substitute it with peach liqueur. If you prefer a less sweet cocktail, you can replace the grapefruit juice with tonic water.

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And of course - twists🍹

Dirty Blonde with a Cherry Twist

  • Ingredients: Add 0.5 oz of maraschino liqueur.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe but include the maraschino liqueur. The cherry notes will add a touch of elegance and depth to the cocktail.
  • The flavor will have a more complex profile with a hint of almond-like tones from the cherry liqueur that complement the existing fruit flavors.

Spicy Dirty Blonde

  • Ingredients: Add a few dashes of hot sauce or a slice of jalapeño.
  • Recipe: After pouring the original ingredients, add the hot sauce or jalapeño into the mixture and stir.
  • The heat will bring a fiery kick to each sip, perfect for those who like to walk on the wild side with their cocktails.

Citrusy Blonde

  • Ingredients: Replace grapefruit juice with blood orange juice.
  • Recipe: Use blood orange juice instead of grapefruit. Adjust sweetness if necessary.
  • This twist offers a sweeter, slightly berry-like taste that's less tart but equally tantalizing, creating a vividly colored and delightful variation.

In case you forgot basics how to make Dirty Blonde

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Dirty Blonde

What's the best time to enjoy a Dirty Blonde cocktail?

The Dirty Blonde is great for any occasion, but it's especially delightful during summer evenings because of its refreshing and fruity flavors.

Can I make a pitcher of Dirty Blonde in advance?

Yes, you can make a large batch of this cocktail in advance. Just remember to stir well before serving, as the ingredients may settle.

Can I use any other citrus instead of grapefruit?

You can experiment with other citrus juices like orange or lemon, but grapefruit has a unique flavor that greatly impacts the profile of the Dirty Blonde.

What type of vodka should I use?

The Dirty Blonde cocktail can be made with any type of vodka. However, using a high-quality vodka can improve the overall flavor of the cocktail.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Dirty Blonde cocktail?

Yes, the Dirty Blonde can be made non-alcoholic by substituting the vodka and peach schnapps with peach juice and non-alcoholic sparkling water.

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