Sex on the Beach
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Sex on the Beach
Cocktail recipe

Rating

4.81 / 5
A well known classic with sunny holiday views. It has made the IBA official cocktail list with a few variations, but here is the classic original. A well known classic with sunny holiday views. It has made the IBA official cocktail list with a few variations, but here is the classic original.
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IBA Official Drink
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Invented
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(1987)
Base ingredient
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Vodka
Garnish
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Orange
Alcohol content
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13.57% | 1.9 units *
Details
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Easy
Classic
Stirred

Highball glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
cl
40ml 1.35oz 4cl
20ml ⅔oz 2cl
40ml 1.35oz 4cl
40ml 1.35oz 4cl

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

Sex on the Beach is an iconic cocktail that blends the mellow sweetness of peach schnapps with the brighter, tart notes of cranberry and orange juices. The vodka provides a smooth, nearly neutral base that allows the fruity flavors to shine through, creating a drink that's both refreshing and effortlessly sip-worthy, reminiscent of its namesake sunny holiday vibes.

Method
How to make a Sex on the Beach

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Build all ingredients in a highball glass with ice and stir
Add an orange slice to garnish and serve
~ This classic is often served with a drizzle of grenadine down the sides to create that sunset look. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Build  ·  Highball  ·  Stir  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Sex on the Beach cocktail?

The Sex on the Beach cocktail is believed to have originated in Florida during the late 1980s. It was created during a campaign by peach schnapps distributors to promote their product. The name was chosen to attract attention and take advantage of the state's famous beaches and fun-loving, party-going image.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of Sex on the Beach?

Yes, you can make a non-alcoholic version of Sex on the Beach by substituting the vodka and peach schnapps with peach juice or another non-alcoholic peach-flavored drink, and then following the rest of the recipe as is. This version will still have the fruity flavors that define the cocktail.

FOOD_PAIRINGS

What food pairs well with a Sex on the Beach cocktail?

Sex on the Beach pairs well with light and fresh summer foods. Think about seafood like shrimp or scallops, summer salads with citrus dressing, or fruit platters. The cocktail's fruity and refreshing qualities complement mild, non-heavy foods perfectly.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

How can I adjust the sweetness of the Sex on the Beach cocktail?

To adjust the sweetness of the Sex on the Beach, you can vary the amount of cranberry juice and orange juice based on your preference. More cranberry juice will make it less sweet and a bit more tart, while more orange juice will increase the sweetness. You can also consider adding a splash of simple syrup for extra sweetness or a bit of lemon juice to cut through the sweetness.

FAQ

What is the significance of the glass type in serving Sex on the Beach?

The Sex on the Beach cocktail is typically served in a highball glass, which helps to accommodate the combined volume of the liquid ingredients and ice, allowing for a balanced dilution. The shape of the glass also aids in the presentation and enjoyment of the drink, promoting an appealing visual while highlighting the drink's vibrant color layers when it's poured correctly.

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