Sex On The Beach Cocktail


Updated 04/04/24

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When you hear the name “Sex on the Beach” it’s hard not to do a double take. I mean, come on, it’s not exactly the kind of drink name you’d mention to your grandma without a cheeky smile or an awkward laugh, right? But beyond its eyebrow-raising title, there’s a lot to say about this iconic cocktail that’s just as famous for its flavor as it is for its name. It’s a mix of vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, and cranberry juice – a combination that might sound simple but, trust me, it’s anything but ordinary.

Delving into the origins of the “Sex on the Beach” cocktail reveals a narrative rich with intrigue and competing theories. A commonly recounted story posits Ted Pizio, a Florida-based bartender, as the cocktail creator in 1987. This creation was reportedly motivated by a promotional campaign aimed at increasing sales of peach schnapps for a liquor distribution company called “National Distribution”. However, this backstory is complicated because of evidence of the cocktail’s presence in the 1982 American Bartenders School Guide to Drinks, casting doubt on Pizio’s exclusive authorship and suggesting a more complex genesis.

The enduring popularity of the “Sex on the Beach” cocktail can be attributed to its intriguing name and distinctive flavor profile. The name, provocative and evocative, instantly captures the imagination, hinting at carefree indulgence and exotic escapades. The balanced interplay of vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, and cranberry juice delivers a refreshing and memorable drink that appeals across seasons, invoking a sense of warmth and relaxation.

The cocktail’s components play a critical role in the final taste. Premium vodka is essential for ensuring a smooth, clean base that complements the fruitiness of the peach schnapps and the freshness of the orange and cranberry juices. Fresh orange juice, in particular, is recommended to elevate the drink, providing a depth of flavor and aroma that processed juices simply cannot match. This focus on high-quality ingredients is not just about elevating the drink’s profile, it reflects a broader principle in mixology that the caliber of components directly influences the quality of the beverage.

Sex On The Beach Recipe

  1. 45 ml vodka

  2. 15 ml peach Schnapps

  3. 45 ml fresh orange juice

  4. 45 ml cranberry juice

  5. Ice

  6. Garnish: orange slice

sex on the beach drink

How to Make a Sex on the Beach Drink

  1. Add the vodka, peach schnapps, fresh orange juice, and cranberry juice into a cocktail shaker.

  2. Add ice and shake for 10-15 seconds, until chilled.

  3. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice.

  4. Garnish with an orange slice.

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