Sex on the Beach drink recipe

 Even if your friends giggle and snort, that’s just because they’re a bunch of doofuses. And so are you. But what the hell.

Sex on the Beach drink recipe

That’s what quite a drink Sex on the Beach is,fun, silly, light-hearted, easy-going fruity cocktail. And so delicious. Really a terrific flavor.

This was one of the first cocktails I ever tried. A bartender friend had recommended it to a bunch of us as a great choice for new drinkers because you couldn’t taste the alcohol that much.

We weren’t all new drinkers, but she said it didn’t matter because it tasted so amazing.

And she was right. That’s why the Sex on the Beach could be a hiding drink, which means it tastes weaker than it's. All that tasty potable covers 2 full ounces of spirits and an oz of peach hard drink.

So while the alcohol flavor is mild enough for most new or occasional drinkers, the potency is actually a little higher than most cocktails. And that can lead to…unintended and sometimes funny consequences.

So simply remember this drink will creep up on you. It’s not quite like a Long Island Iced Tea, but you may find yourself wobblier than expected after a couple of these.


  • This drink features vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and either grapefruit juice or orange juice. In my experience, more bartenders use grapefruit than orange juice. And that’s my personal preference.
  • Although, technically, the IBA version of this one only mentions the orange juice. So maybe that is considered the more standard one, and I just spend a lot of time around bartenders who prefer grapefruit juice.
  • That said, I’ve even seen versions of this recipe that call for pineapple juice. I’ve never tried it that way because I just really prefer the grapefruit juice.
  • If you’re wondering whether you’ll prefer it with grapefruit or orange juice, the answer is probably: whichever juice you prefer on its own. That’s been the case with the people I’ve asked about it, anyway.

Grapefruit juice makes it a tiny bit less sweet. The flavor is a little bit sharper. Orange juice adds a little bit more sweetness, but it’s still tangy.

The magic ingredient

Note that this explicit direction includes a teaspoon of juice, which I tried based on a reader suggestion in the comments. I think it takes this drink to a whole new level.

You really don’t notice the lemon flavor, but it adds a little more tartness and a wow factor that wakes up your taste buds. It cuts the sweetness a little, adds a tiny bit of tartness.

It’s subtle, but somehow it makes a big difference. And the classic recipe doesn’t include it, so feel free to try it both ways. This is definitely a drink that each barman likes to tweak, and then are you able to.

Great for parties

It’s also great for parties. There are even a few recipes for a non-alcoholic version for the non-drinkers, which I call Cuddles on the Beach.

Because there’s no shaking and straining, it’s an easy drink you can mix up in batches ahead of time. This makes it easy to refill or top up guests’ drinks.

Sex on The Beach Drink Recipe:


  • 2 ounces of vodka
  • 1 ounce of peach schnapps
  • 2 ounces of grapefruit juice (or orange juice)
  • 2 ounces of cranberry juice
  • Optional: teaspoon of lemon juice


  1. Feel free to tweak the ingredient amounts to your taste.
  2. Throw everything in a highball glass with ice.
  3. Stir.
  4. Garnish with an orange round and some cherries. Drink up!


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