Sex on the Beach Cocktail Recipe

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Sex on the Beach Cocktail Recipe – vodka cocktail loaded with orange, cranberry, and peach schnapps for a tropical drink everyone loves!

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About Sex on The Beach Cocktails

Its sweet, fruity, and has an absolutely memorable (whether you hate it or love it) name – the Sex on the Beach cocktail is a classic that we always love making.

There are a lot of backstories people attribute to the history of the Sex on the Beach drink, but many people say it originated in the mid 1980’s at Confetti’s Bar in Florida. Ted Pizio, a bartender who was supposed to be moving lots of peach schnapps, came up with the name as a nod to what he thought “really” brought tourists to Florida – and decided sex and beaches were more popular than Mickey Mouse, or so the story goes.

No matter if you love or hate the name – the amazing sweet tropical flavor is always there!

This classic cocktail is easy to drink, simple to make, and doesn’t involve hard to find liquor – just vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, and cranberry juice for a fresh and delicious tropical flavor.

Sex and the beach cocktails make perfect party drinks, can be made in big batches, and taste light and fruity – they aren’t overwhelming with a strong alcohol flavor.

You can make this drink stronger with more vodka; or make a tasty non-alcoholic version by adding tonic water instead of vodka and using peach simple syrup instead of peach schnapps – so everyone at your party can get in on the fun!

We hope you love this drink as much as we do.

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How To Make Sex on the Beach

Sex on the Beach involves a mixture of vodka and peach schnapps.

The vodka you pick is up to you – we like Tito’s, but pick any brand you like that doesn’t have a flavor, and isn’t too expensive.

What juice to use for sex on the beach cocktails. Sex on the beach drinks use either orange or grapefruit juice – and the juice you pick depends a lot on what flavor you prefer more. We’re using orange juice in this recipe since it is more the classic take – but if you like a less sweet cocktail, you might prefer grapefruit to orange juice! We’re also adding cranberry juice, which cuts the sweetness of the peach and orange (or grapefruit), for a bit of a tart kick.

Sex on the beach is a great cocktail for parties since it is as easy as measure, pour, stir!

  • Pour all ingredients into a tall glass with ice and stir to combine.
  • Be sure to garnish with cranberries, orange slices, and a maraschino cherry, and serve with a straw.

Tips and Tricks to Perfect Sex on the Beach Drinks

If you love the classic sex on the beach cocktail flavors, try some of our recipe variation ideas below!

  • For a smoky, delicious version of a sex on the beach, try swapping the vodka with mezcal or a tequila you love. Both pair deliciously with peach schnapps and add a bit of a different twist to a Sex on the Beach!
  • Make it creamy – if you like creamy, rich tropical drinks, add an ounce of heavy cream and shake to mix well for a flavor a bit like a tropical creamsicle!
  • Sex on the beach slush – blend with ice to create a slushy sex on the beach that is fun to drink, similar to a margarita!
  • Make it fresh – use fresh oranges and fresh grapefruit juice to give a bright, tart, less sweet fresher kick!

Recipe FAQs

Can I make non alcoholic sex on the beach drinks?

Use 2 oz tonic instead of vodka and 1 1/2 ounce peach simple syrup instead of schnapps for non alcoholic sex on the beach drinks.

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Sex on the Beach Cocktail Recipe

Yield: 1 drink
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Sex on the Beach Cocktail Recipe - vodka cocktail loaded with orange, cranberry, and peach schnapps for a tropical drink everyone loves!


  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1½ ounces peach schnapps
  • 3 ounces orange juice
  • 3 ounces cranberry juice
  • Cranberries, for garnish
  • Maraschino cherry, for garnish


  1. Pour all ingredients into a tall glass with ice and stir to combine
  2. Garnish with cranberries and a maraschino cherry and serve with a straw.
Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 346Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 10mgCarbohydrates 45gFiber 4gSugar 34gProtein 1g

Nutrition is automatically calculated by Nutritionix - please verify all nutrition information independently and consult with a doctor or nutritionist for any and all medical and diet advice.

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