Sex On the Beach: This fun and fruity cocktail comes together in minutes with no fancy equipment. Easy to make, and even easier to drink!
Sex On the Beach is a fun, fruity cocktail with a particularly provocative name. Ordering this drink at a bar definitely stirs up the interest of those listening! Pssst what did she say? It is great for summer entertaining on the deck, or just relaxing with the girls! It would also be the perfect Bachelorette party cocktail!
Don’t say I didn’t warn you though, these go down easy! You can hardly taste the booze, but they do pack quite a punch!
When you make it at home you can control the flavors, and the amount of alcohol. Let’s get started. The soon we get mixing the sooner we can be drinking it my motto!
Sex on the Beach Ingredients
This Sex on the Beach recipe is very easy to make. It is also really easy to adapt the quantity. You can a make yourself on drink, or serve it to 10 friends in a pitcher. Here is what you need:
- Vodka: Any vodka will do just fine in this recipe. For a fruity twist, consider using a flavored vodka. I think orange, strawberry kiwi, or even pomegranate would be tasty.
- Peach Liqueur: I used leftover peach schnapps from my Peach Bellini.
- Orange Juice: You can also substitute grapefruit juice here if you’d like. However, I prefer the bright flavor of orange juice.
- Cranberry Juice
This drink is very similar to the sea breeze which uses grapefruit juice, and leaves out the peach liqueur.
Sex on the Beach Recipe
To make this drink, simply fill a highball glass with ice and add all the ingredients as listed above. You can garnish with an orange slice, pineapple slice, and a maraschino cherry if desired.
The most commonly used glass for a Sex on the Beach drink is a highball glass, which is shorter and wider than a Collins glass. It is also taller than the glass used for an Old Fashioned. However, it will taste great no matter what vessel you use. Heck, sip it out of a mason jar, or a red solo cup if you’d like! The cocktail police isn’t going to show up and tell you used the wrong glass! 🙂
Where Did the Sex on the Beach Drink Come From?
According to bartender lore, this drink was invented in 1987 at Confetti’s Bar in Florida by a man named Ted. Peach schnapps had just come on the market, and a particular distributor wanted a successful launch. He came up with a contest; the bar to sell the most peach schnapps would receive a bonus of $1,000 and the bartender responsible at the bar for the highest sales would receive $100. Ted mixed up his own concoction ,and gave it the name that reminded him of the reason people visited Florida during spring break: Sex on the Beach.
However, there’s also a sex on the beach drink recipe for the cocktail in a 1982 American Bartenders School book, which some people believe was created when a bartender mixed a Fuzzy Navel with a Cape Codder.
When Was Sex on the Beach Invented?
With the two stories above, we can definitely conclude this drink was created in the 1980s. If anyone has an earlier finding, please feel free to come forward!
Can You Make It With Rum Instead?
The Sex on the Beach cocktail has so many variations, pretty much any substitution is possible. You can absolutely add your favorite rum instead of vodka. Even flavored rum, if you’re into it! Coconut rum would be a great variation for this summer drink. This is cocktails there are no rules here!
Can You Make Sex On the Beach In a Pitcher?
Because Sex on the Beach is a mixed drink that combines liquor and fruit juice, it’s very easy to make it serve a large group of people. Simply increase the amount of ingredients using the ratio above util they fill up a pitcher. Don’t forget the extra garnish! The fruit tastes great after they’ve been soaking in this concoction. Yummm I’ve had my 3 servings of
boozy fruit today, have you?
Can You Make the Recipe Into Jell-O Shots?
Creating Jell-O shots out of out of this cocktail is a creative way to both simplify the needed ingredients ,and take your party to the next level! All you need is cranberry juice cocktail, a packet of orange Jell-O, peach schnapps, and vodka. Bring the cranberry juice to a boil and add the orange Jell-O. After the Jell-O dissolves, add the peach schnapps and vodka and mix. Finally, pour into plastic shot glasses and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or until set.
How To Make a Virgin Sex on the Beach
For those of you who love the look of the Sex on the Beach cocktail recipe, but want to make it into a mocktail (a non-alcoholic cocktail), you’re in luck! For a virgin Sex on the Beach (also called a Safe Sex on the Beach), you can still use all the same fruit juices, but instead of vodka and peach schnapps, simply substitute peach juice or peach nectar.
How Many Standard Drinks Are In a Sex On the Beach Cocktail?
A traditional Sex on the Beach drink contains around 1.66 shots, or almost 3 oz of liquor. This is equal to about one and a half standard drinks. However, this number depends on how heavy-handed the bartender (or you!) are with the liquor, and the glass in which the drink is served. Be careful, they go down easy!
Sex On The Beach
- 1.5 Ounces Vodka
- 0.5 Ounces Peach Liqueur
- 2 Ounces Orange Juice
- 2 Ounces Cranberry Juice
- Orange Slices and Maraschino Cherry If Desired For Garnish
- Fill your glass with ice.
- Pour in vodka, peach liqueur, orange juice, and cranberry juice in this order.
- If desired garnish with an orange slice ,and a maraschino cherry.
Adapted via Steve the Bartender
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What do you think of this Sex on the beach drink? What is your favorite mixed drink?