Sex on the Beach

Sex on the Beach Recipe


Sex on the Beach Recipe

Sex on the Beach

There are a few origin stories for the the Sex on the Beach cocktail recipe. One of which has been spread around the internet far and wide despite that it is most likely false.
The first story, which is likely untrue, states that the drink was created by a Florida bartender named Ted Pizio. There was a promotion in the 1980s (mot likely in 1987) held by a peach schnapps company offering $1,000 to the person who sold the most product. Ted supposedly created the drink and named it after what he believed drove tourists to visit Florida during Spring Break - "sex" and the "beach".
As mentioned, it's highly likely to be untrue considering that a recipe for Sex on the Beach (made with peach schnapps) featured in a book published by the American Bartender's School.
It's more than likely that the drink recipe was created by combining two other simple mixed drinks that were popular at the time - the Fuzzy Navel and the Cape Codder.
- Fuzzy Navel = peach schnapps + orange juice
- Cape Codder = vodka + cranberry juice (with lime)
The Sex on the Beach cocktail had its time in the limelight during the 80s and 90s but the cocktail renaissance of the early 2000s saw to its demise. Despite the fact that this drink's heyday was in the past, it still remains incredibly popular. One of my earlier YouTube videos that features the Sex on the Beach is proof of that with over 3.5 million views. Watch it below.
I had a chuckle when I discovered several names for the Sex on the Beach mocktail version. Often referred to as "safe sex on the beach", "cuddles on the beach", or "virgin on the beach".
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  • 45 ml vodka
  • 15 ml peach liqueur
  • 45 ml orange juice
  • 45 ml cranberry juice


  • In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients
  • Shake with ice for 10-12 seconds
  • Strain over fresh ice into a highball glass
  • Garnish with half an orange slice and a maraschino cherry


The Sex on the Beach pictured was built in the glass hence why it has the sunset layering effect. The recipe above calls for shaking the ingredients which integrates, dilutes, chills and adds aeration.

What ingredients are in a Sex on the Beach drink?

Vodka, peach liqueur, cranberry juice and orange juice.

How to make a Sex on the Beach drink?

There are two methods you can choose from.
It can be built directly in the glass over ice. This is also most likely how it was made back in the 1980s. The advantages being that it is quick, easy and it will retain the layered sunset effect (as pictured above).
Alternatively, you can shake the ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour over fresh ice. This will produce a more integrated drink with more texture due to aeration.

How to garnish a Sex on the Beach?

The best garnish is a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry but any tropical-inspired garnish will work just fine. You could opt to garnish the drink with a wedge of pineapple, pineapple spears, as slice of orange and/or cherries.
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    Grace richardson
    October 2, 2018 at 9:39 am

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      Steve the Bartender
      October 2, 2018 at 11:23 am

      Mudslides Wednesdays sounds awesome!

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    December 22, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    Wrong. Did you forget something? Without Chambord, your recipe for sex on the beach is incorrect. It’s just a fuzzy naval with added pineapple juice.

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      Steve the Bartender
      December 31, 2018 at 8:14 am

      There’s many different recipes for a Sex on the Beach but yes, you are correct – one of them utilises Chambord and fresh pineapple juice instead of the orange juice. Great work!

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      February 4, 2019 at 10:04 am


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        Steve the Bartender
        February 5, 2019 at 9:15 am

        There are a multitude of different recipes so it’s down to personal taste. You can use the recipe listed above but I recommend this particular Sex on the Beach recipe which I discovered recently…

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    December 22, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Also–sex on the beach is shaken with ice. Are you confusing it with a Tequila Sunrise? Hence the order of ingredients you suggest as important, giving the sunrise colors?

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      Steve the Bartender
      December 31, 2018 at 8:11 am

      You can shake it on ice if you prefer – just means that it doesn’t look like the pictured one šŸ™‚

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    Mirthelina brodie
    January 23, 2019 at 11:20 am

    I want to make this in a 2 gallon jug…can someone please give me the recipe or how much i would need of each on the list

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      Steve the Bartender
      February 5, 2019 at 9:19 am

      The recipe listed above is 180mL (or 6 ounces). 1 gallon = 128 fluid ounces so therefore you would need to multiply each ingredient by 37 to make 1.75 gallons (which will leave some room for ice. If you want to make 2 gallons without ice, then multiply each ingredient by 42.

      Good luck!

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