Dirty Dr Pepper

If you haven’t tried a dirty soda before, you’re in for a treat! All it takes is three ingredients (syrup, soda, and creamer) to make my quick and easy Dirty Dr Pepper recipe.

Glass of Dirty Dr. Pepper

Public declaration time: I’ve become an addict. I know I can live without this Dirty Dr Pepper recipe but I don’t want to!

It all started when I made friends with these two sweet ladies who share my love of fun non-alcoholic drinks. I was talking about my favorite concoction (lemonade and cherry juice) when they mentioned Dirty Diet Coke. My interest was immediately piqued. Dirty soda? I knew they didn’t drink either so it had to be something good. As soon as I got home I found their Dirty Diet Coke recipe and set out to make my own version.

If you know me, you know that I’m team Diet Dr Pepper. It takes less than five minutes to make this dirty soda recipe with just three ingredients: soda of your choice, coconut syrup, and half and half. I know, I know. I was skeptical about combining half and half and soda too. But this is what gives the drink its “dirty” look. And trust me. Once you have that first sip, you’ll be a changed person. It’s like an ice cream float or an old-fashioned egg cream. Rich, creamy, fizzy, sweet, and refreshing goodness!

This is the next best thing to having fairies clean your house while you sleep! It’s like a trip to the beach for under a dollar! It’s like a personal, warm hug directly from Heaven to Diet Dr Pepper lovers everywhere! Let’s make ourselves one.

Dirty Dr Pepper ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

Helpful Kitchen Tools

How to Make Dirty Dr Pepper

Fill glass with ice and coconut syrup.

Fill your tall glass with ice and add the coconut syrup.

Add half of the soda to the glass.

Add about half of your Diet Dr Pepper.

Mix ingredients together.

Stir just slightly.

Add remaining soda, leaving about an inch of room.

Fill the glass up almost to the top with Diet Dr Pepper, saving about an inch of head space.

Add a splash of half and half.

 Add a splash of half and half.

Mix ingredients together to make Dirty Dr Pepper.

Stir lightly to “dirty” it all up.

Enjoy! And I do mean enjoy.

This tastes unlike anything I’ve ever known and I dearly love it.


Because this is made with soda and cream, it’s best served immediately, as the soda will become flat. Lucky it’s so easy to make!

Recipe Variations

  • Now, I know I’m using Diet Dr Pepper. But you can seriously make this dirty soda recipe with any carbonated drink. That might be Pepsi, regular Dr Pepper, flavored Dr Pepper, Mountain Dew, or good old Coca-Cola.
  • For extra tropical flavor, add a lime wedge as a garnish, and then add as much freshly squeezed lime juice as you like.
  • The traditional option is coconut syrup. But other syrups like vanilla syrup, English toffee syrup, and butterscotch syrup also complement the soda.
  • Besides half and half, you can use milk for a lighter option or go creamier with heavy cream.
  • Another option is using coconut creamer or coconut milk to boost the coconut flavor.

Recipe FAQs

What is dirty soda?

Dirty soda is a combination of soda, flavored syrup, and cream served over ice. The original dirty soda recipe includes Diet Coke over ice, coconut syrup, lime juice, and half and half.

Where is dirty soda from?

Dirty soda actually originates from Utah and became famous on TikTok in 2022.

What is a Dirty Dr Pepper from Sonic?

A Dirty Dr Pepper from Sonic is a drink made from Dr Pepper, coconut syrup, and a splash of lime juice.

What does a dirty soda taste like?

AllRecipes says dirty soda tastes like “a melted root beer float with a hint of tropical flavor.” This is the perfect way to describe it!

How do you make Dirty Dr Pepper Floats?

To make floats, you’d substitute the half-and-half for a scoop of vanilla or coconut ice cream instead.

You may also enjoy these homemade drink recipes:

Tropical Pink Mocktail

Old-Fashioned Egg Cream Recipe

Sugar-Free Peach Lemonade (2 Ingredients Only)

Mocha Coffee Floats

Sweet Tea Recipe

Caramel Apple Milkshake

Dirty Dr Pepper

Have you tried dirty soda before? All it takes is three ingredients (syrup, soda, and creamer) to make my quick and easy Dirty Dr. Pepper recipe.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coke, drink, soda
Servings: 4
Calories: 35kcal


  • 1 can Diet Dr Pepper
  • 3-4 tablespoons coconut syrup
  • 3-4 tablespoons half and half


  • Fill a tall glass with ice.
  • Add coconut syrup and half of the Diet Dr Pepper and stir.
    3-4 tablespoons coconut syrup, 1 can Diet Dr Pepper
  • Fill to within an inch of the top with Diet Dr Pepper.
    1 can Diet Dr Pepper
  • Add the half and half and mix until your drink looks "dirty".
    3-4 tablespoons half and half


Calories: 35kcal
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  1. 5 stars
    I have made muddy diet Dr. Pepper using 1/3 stevia sweetened Molokai Coconut Bai, and 2/3 diet Dr. Pepper. Adding 1 tblsp. full-fat coconut milk from a can, 1/4 teaspoon coconut extract, and the juice from half a lime. I didn’t know there was such a thing as sugar-free coconut syrup. Your recipe is a lot less fiddly! Thank you…

  2. A coworker and i used to drink orange fizzies at work, combination of vanilla mi.kshake and orange crush blended with the milkshake blender.

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