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Sex on the Beach: the fun, refreshing cocktail recipe

Total time: 5 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 1 person
By Cookist

For a delicious alcoholic drink to help keep you cool this summer that doesn't take much effort to make, mix yourself up a Sex on the Beach. The Sex on the Beach cocktail is probably most famous for its name, but this tasty drink is perfect for summer. It's bright, with a citrusy, peachy flavor.

Sex on the Beach is an International Bartenders Association official cocktail that dates back to the 1980s. It's fruity, tasty, and goes well with barbecue and grilled foods. It's only about 11 percent alcohol by volume, which makes Sex on the Beach a fantastic cocktail to make in large batches and serve with food when you're hosting a big crowd.

Sex on the Beach Origins

Sex on the beach belongs to the Cape Codder family, a classic cocktail made with cranberry juice and vodka. It was created in the United States when the vodka and fruity cocktails were popular.

The recipe for this drink is thought to be the product of Ted Pizio, a Florida bartender who invented this cocktail to promote peach schnapps in 1987 – probably by combining a Fuzzy Navel and a Cape Codder. The name is said to be an homage to spring break, that's why he inserted the words "sex" and "beach" within the name.

Although this theory about the drink's origins is highly credited, it should be said that the drink was already in the American Bartenders School Guide to Drinks dating back 5 years.

Sex on the Beach Ingredients

Sex on the Beach only calls for a few ingredients. You'll need vodka – any type of unflavored vodka will do. Because it's mixed with various mixers, you don't need to break out your top-shelf vodka for this cocktail.

Peach schnapps adds an extra boozy kick and a tantalizing peach flavor, while orange juice and cranberry juice add a nice tartness to balance out the cocktail.

Tips for Making Sex on the Beach

Hosting a large party? You can easily make a large batch of Sex on the Beach to serve your guests. Combine 1 ½ cup vodka, 1 ½ cup peach schnapps, 3 cups orange juice, and 3 cups cranberry juice in a large pitcher or bowl. Serve over ice.

Don't stop at an orange wedge as a garnish. Make impressive garnishes for your Sex on the Beach by topping the drink with pineapple, maraschino cherry, and a cocktail umbrella.

Add more brightness to your Sex on the Beach by mixing in a squeeze of lemon juice.

Fresh orange juice tastes best, but you can use OJ out of the carton.

Swap the cranberry juice for grenadine, or use flavored vodka. Melon, citrus, and berry-flavored vodkas all work as a base in place of regular vodka.

Can You Make a Virgin Sex on the Beach?

Absolutely! Make an alcohol-free Sex on the Beach by swapping out the peach schnapps for peach nectar and leaving out the vodka. You can other juices and syrups to help jazz up your mocktail. Try grenadine or pineapple juice.

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1 1/2 ounces
peach schnapps
1 ounce
Orange juice
2 ounces
Cranberry juice
2 ounces
orange wedge, for garnish
ice cubes

How to Make Sex on the Beach Drink

Pour ice into a glass.

Pour vodka, peach schnapps, and orange juice over the ice.

Add the cranberry juice, then garnish with an orange wedge.

Serve and enjoy!


Use a Hurricane glass to serve your Sex on the Beach.

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