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Throwback Drink of the Past: Sex on The Beach

Updated: May 8

This is an oldie but goodie cocktail, Sex on the Beach; this drink reminds me of the first time I took a trip to Miami with my best friend. We were 19 with a fake IDs. I’m from Michigan, Canada is our neighbor, and the legal age to drink there is 18.

So, we went to Miami for Spring Break and brought our fake IDs along. If you've ever been to Miami, South Beach Has plenty of bars. Collins Street is where all the cool bars are located.

To describe Miami for the first time visiting, it is home to sandy strands, swaying palms, and the pastel-colored Art Deco buildings that have become synonymous with this iconic destination and render it so undeniably photogenic. This was the first time I ever heard of the drink Sex on the Beach; my friend and I thought it was so risky to have a drink called this; well, after having two glasses of Sex on the Beach, it became our favorite drink.

The taste is fruity with just enough tartness to keep it from being too sweet, and it was nice sipping on while lying on the Beach. So, when we returned to Michigan, this became our go-to drink when we went to Canada to hang out.

The Sex on the Beach cocktail is known as much for its provocative name as for its fruity and refreshing taste. It's unclear exactly when or where the drink was invented, but popular booze lore points to a Florida bartender who created the drink in 1. As part of a liquor company promotion. To sell peach schnapps. However, the only problem with this theory is that the drink was already included in the 1982 "American Bartenders School Guide to Drinks."

Although no one agrees on the drink's origin, many suggest that the cocktail may have been invented when a bartender combined a Fuzzy Navel (peach schnapps and orange juice) with a Cape Codder (vodka and cranberry juice). Put these two drinks together, and all the constituent parts of Sex on the Beach are considered. Some recipes also call for a small amount of crème de cassis, which is generally considered optional.

Sex on the Beach was a mainstay of cocktail menus in the 80s and 90s, and although it fell out of favor during the craft cocktail renaissance, it's still a widespread call for beach bars and a favorite among vacationers.

Sex on the Beach is easy to make, so you might try mixing one for your next cocktail. Fresh orange juice will add bright acidity and produce a fresher-tasting drink. Some prefer replacing the pineapple juice with OJ, but the orange will keep the cocktail classic. Any solid vodka will do, as it provides a primarily neutral base that allows the peach liqueur and fruit juices to take center stage. Combine your ingredients, take a sip, and hit the Beach one cocktail at a time.


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka

  • 1/2-ounce peach schnapps

  • 1/2-ounce Chambord or creme de cassis (optional)

  • 1 1/2 ounces orange juice freshly squeezed.

  • 1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice

  • Garnish: cocktail umbrella

Add the vodka, peach schnapps, Chambord (if using), orange juice and cranberry juice to a shaker with ice and shake.

Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.

Garnish with a cocktail umbrella.

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