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Sex on the Beach cocktail
Sex on the beach: the common recipe for a cocktail with a sexy name.


For 1 person
4 cl vodka
2 cl Peach schnapps
5 cl cranberry juice
5 cl orange juice

How to make

👉 shaker / 🥃 highball / 🍹 long drink (16cl) / ⏱️ 3 mn
  1. Shake the vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry and orange juice with a few ice cubes.

  2. Strain into a glass filled with ice cubes and garnish with half orange slices.


The Sex on the beach is a mystery-filled cocktail that is said to have been born in the 1980s, just after the arrival of Peachtree Schnapps and Midori melon liqueur.

Several hypotheses exist as to the origin of Sex on the beach:

  • Some say that the Sex on the Beach was born in 1987 as part of a competition.
  • A Florida bartender reportedly credits himself with creating the cocktail and named it after the favorite pastime of students visiting here.
  • The San Francisco Chronicle reportedly attributed the cocktail to a group of University of Vermont students in the 1980s.

The real origin of Sex on the Beach is therefore uncertain, but its name is very catchy and inspiring, which is one of the reasons for the success of this cocktail today. In hot weather, it is an excellent cocktail with warm pleasant colors and quite thirst-quenching.

The recipe here is the current version because there are many variations, some recipes see for example vodka being replaced by rum, while others include in addition amaretto or malibu.

Note that more and more Sex on the Beach is done straight from the glass, in which case you will have to pour the ingredients into a glass filled with ice.

Also note that if you remove the cranberry juice, you get the Hairy Navel cocktail.

There is a second fairly common recipe for Sex On The Beach to hit with a shaker and consists of 4cl of vodka, 2cl of Midori melon liqueur, 2cl of Chambord, 2cl of pineapple juice and 2cl of cranberry juice.

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