Dirty Diet Coke

square1So I was planning on posting this amaaaaaazing dinner recipe today (seriously…this is the one and only meal in my arsenal than not one person in my family complains about and where every single leftover got eaten), but as I was madly preparing for the 4th and then reeling in the aftermath of it all, I realized that today is Friday and that people are likely not working and tired and are sleeping in and are going to be out of their routines and that a day like today is not a day for meals that take grocery shopping and advance preparation and things like fresh herbs. Today is a day for caffeine.

Now…I know there are people reading this who are going to think I’m a heathen spawn of evil for posting a recipe with Diet Coke. I know there are those of you out there who long to tell me that Diet Coke is poison and that every cell in my body screams with a tiny, hyper voice with every sip I take. To all of you: I hear you. I probably am the heathen spawn of evil and I probably am poisoning myself, but see, I’m a Mormon girl, which means my list of potential vices is depressingly small, and, try as I might, I can’t seem to find more than 5, sometimes 6 hours to sleep every night. So here we are at Diet Coke. Hello, old friend.

I heard about Dirty Diet Coke the other day on a comment on one of my pictures on Instagram (if you haven’t already, go check out Sara’s, too!) and I knew I pretty much needed to try it out immediately. As luck would have it, I had coconut syrup (I ordered mine from Amazon, butΒ World Market carries an amazing selection too), Diet Coke (duh), and limes on hand.

Dirty Diet Coke from Our Best BitesNow…some of the methods I see call for sugar-free coconut syrup. I used full-sugar coconut syrup because a) that is what I had and I didn’t really feel like waiting and b) sugar-free syrup didn’t sound very dirty. It kind of reminded me of when Gwyneth Paltrow said she knew she had hit rock bottom when she found herself eating brown rice straight from the container in the middle of the night and I just thought, “Her dieting rock bottom is way different from my dieting rock bottom.” If I’m going to have a Dirty Diet Coke, it’s gonna be dirrrty. Sugar and everything.

I found a 24-ounce cup to be the perfect size (I totally haven’t been obsessively making these or anything).

Dirty Diet Coke from Our Best Bites

I have these heavy-duty clear cups from Sam’s Club (kind of like the ones you get in coffee shops or cool little cafes), but I have many cups and glasses in my cupboards that hold 24 ounces.

Pour 2 tablespoons of coconut syrup into the bottom of a 24-ounce cup or glass.

Dirty Diet Coke from Our Best Bites

Fill it about halfway full with crushed ice.

Dirty Diet Coke from Our Best Bites

Squeeze the lime quarters over the ice and drop them into the glass so the rind is touching the ice. Pour the Diet Coke over the spent limes.

Dirty Diet Coke from Our Best Bites

This is kind of the traditional Dirty Diet Coke. And it’s delicious and amazing and I think about it all the time (not that that’s weird or anything).

Dirty Diet Coke from Our Best Bites

But if you’re feeling wild and crazy…if you’ve had a rough day…if you wish you were somewhere tropical…if you just want to, add about 1-2 tablespoons (really, just a splash) of half and half. It’s amazing. It’s such a great treat (and honestly, if you’re going to have a treat, all things considered, this one isn’t too bad, although it’s probably not the best idea to drink ALL your Diet Cokes with sugar and cream…just saying.) Add a straw to stir and serve. This makes 1 serving. Just for you. No one else. Go hide somewhere with a lock on the door and enjoy.

Dirty Diet Coke from Our Best Bites

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Dirty Diet Coke


This Dirty Diet Coke recipe is a doctored-up concoction with coconut syrup, fresh lime, and a splash of half and half.


  • 2 tablespoons coconut syrup
  • crushed ice
  • 1/2 lime (cut the lime into quarters and use 2 quarters)
  • 12 ounces Diet Coke
  • 12 tablespoons half and half (optional)


  1. Pour the coconut syrup into the bottom of a 24-ounce glass. Fill it about halfway full with crushed ice.
  2. Squeeze the lime quarters over the ice and drop them into the glass so the rind is touching the ice. Pour the Diet Coke over the spent limes.
  3. If desired, add a splash of half and half. Add a straw to stir and serve.


  • Serving Size: 1
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  1. I think that Dirty Diet Coke and Dirty Dr. Pepper were made famous in a little drive-through joint in St. George, Utah called Swig (as in, can I have a swig of your drink?). Swig is famous not only for its dirty drinks–but also for a particular kind of cookie called a Swig Sugar Cookie.

      1. Okay, I have to let you know, in case no one else in Ephraim, Utah reads this… that they have a little drink shack here too.. called “Sip-it”, i’m not a big pop drinker, so I’m not a regular there, but I hear the favorite drink there is dirty Dr. Pepper.. Now that you have posted this recipe i’m totally curious about all things related to “dirty soda’s” so i’m going to have to give this, or some variation of this a try, you’ve sparked my interest with this one πŸ™‚

    1. You’re right about that. I just saw Swig profiled on television and apparently the Dirty Dr Pepper is the best seller. Have to investigate!

  2. Your sense of humor cracks me up! This dirty Diet Coke sounds delish. And I’m with you 100% – Gwyneth’s dieting rock bottom is waaay different than mine!

    1. Years later…I’m reading this and wondering β€œwhat is that amazing dinner recipe you were going to post??” πŸ˜‚

  3. You had me at diet coke. πŸ™‚ In fact, I’m drinking one over crushed ice right now. Too bad I don’t have any syrup or limes at work!

  4. You’re right, I do believe Diet Coke is Satan’s Spawn πŸ™‚ But seriously, if you’re gonna drink something as bad as that, why not go all the way with a regular Coke? ‘Cause I mean, this ‘diet nonsense’ ain’t helpin’ anyone in the weight department,am I right?

        1. I drink diet coke for the taste, baby. I like the aspartame taste way better than the sugar taste of regular coke.

      1. I am a strictly regular Coke kind of girl. (Can’t STAND the taste of artificial sweeteners.) Would love to hear from anybody who’s tried this with reg sodas?

        1. Maybe if you’re using regular Coke you could add the sugar free syrup so it doesn’t add more sugar to it. I have given up drinking any kind of soda all together because I didn’t like the way it made me feel. (I was a Diet Coke-aholic for years) I will say though that this makes me want to run to the store and give this a try!

    1. You are right about the diet part. I had a friend who lost 80 pounds just giving up her “diet” coke habit. She also started walking everyday. She changed her life in a BIG way.

      1. That’s amazing! From the research Ive done it is the carbonation. It bonds to fat and becomes a compound your body can’t get rid of. Course I’ve heard it’s the aspartame. I guess it depends on who you talk to. Ü

  5. Does the sugar in the syrup make the diet coke taste more bitter? I’m gonna need one of these today. My kids don’t understand the concept of sleeping in after staying out super late watching fireworks.

  6. I’d never heard of Dirty Diet Coke or Dirty Dr Pepper until a few weeks ago when my friends introduced me to it. Now I’m seeing it on several of my favorite blogs. It’s karma. Never heard of using half-and-half in it though. That’s a stroke of brilliance that is bound to be delicious.

  7. This sounds so tasty! Coconut and lime are one of the best combinations ever. Sweet, tart, and tropical. I think a common Mormon vice is sugar. We can never seem to get enough of it. πŸ˜‰

    1. That’s because SUGAR is as addictive as CRACK – it’s from the devil, sent here to destroy us all. I joke but …………just sayin’

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