Monday, April 11, 2022

Sex on the Beach Drink + Video

A sex on the beach drink is the perfect summer refreshment. Make this tropical cocktail with chilled vodka, peach schnapps, and fruit juices.

The Sex on the Beach cocktail makes me think of spring break in Florida. Sunshine, sandy beaches, sun tanning, being young, and having fun.

Learn how to make a Sex on the Beach right at home, plus ingredient substitutions and how to serve a large batch at parties!

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Sex On The Beach Drink

This is a very easy to drink cocktail with a fruity, tropical taste, perfect for when you want to relax at the end of a long day.

If you’re looking for the perfect summer sip, this Sex on the Beach drink is it!

Find more easy summertime cocktail recipes here on TSRI, including a classic PiƱa Colada or Strawberry Daquiri.

Cool down with a Long Island Iced Tea or boozy lemonade, or try my signature Peach Frozen Margarita
Imagine a fresh Georgia peach, perfectly ripe with a heavenly aroma transformed into a sweet and slushy drink.

sex on the beach cocktail pouring schnapps in 

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Swap out the liquor. You can use Peach Absolut instead of schnapps. Just keep in mind that Absolut is vodka and has a much higher alcohol content.
  • Use pulp free orange juice. It will guarantee a very smooth cocktail. However, you can use whatever you have, even fresh squeezed. Sometimes it’s just the refreshing kick you need in a tropical cocktail!
  • Tone down the sweetness with grapefruit. If you aren’t a fan of overly sweet cocktails, use grapefruit juice instead of orange. You can also add ½ teaspoon of lemon juice for a bit of tartness.
  • Or make it sweeter! Alternatively, use pineapple juice instead of orange for an even sweeter beverage! I also love the tart note that the pineapple adds, and a little pineapple garnish is just killer.
  • Prefer blended fruity drinks? Toss the ingredients into a blender with some ice for a frozen Sex on the Beach cocktail.
  • Try an alternative recipe. Another popular version of this drink combines Midori, Chambord, vodka, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice. The colors in this one are amazing as well, thanks to the bright green Midori!

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How To Make A Sex On The Beach

Drink recipes don’t get much simpler than this! Fill your glass with ice, then pour vodka and peach schnapps over the top.

Add the cranberry juice, then the orange juice, and finish with a splash of grenadine.

Finish with a orange slice and maraschino cherries for garnish, and enjoy!

What You’ll Need For This Sex On The Beach Drink Recipe

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Sex On The Beach Drink FAQ

What does a Sex on the Beach drink taste like?

This pretty cocktail is a little bit fruity with just a hint of tartness. It’s sweet (but not too sweet) and easy to drink.

While the alcohol taste isn’t very noticeable, it can pack a punch if you aren’t aware. Drink responsibly!

Can you make a large batch of cocktails?

It depends on the recipe, but quite often, yes! This particular Sex on the Beach recipe is easy to scale up for parties or a girl’s night in.

Decide on how many servings you think you’ll need, then multiply the amount of each ingredient by that number.

How do you make a non alcoholic Sex on the Beach drink?

Simply omit the vodka and swap the schnapps for peach nectar or peach flavored syrup instead. This tropical mocktail is just as delicious as the original!

tropical cocktail with orange garnish

Prep Ahead Instructions

Because everything gets stirred together, you can easily mix up a large batch of this tropical cocktail before guests arrive.

Citrus juice can be a bit finicky, so I recommend combining everything no more than a day in advance. 
Keep it covered in the refrigerator and stir before serving. However, it’s so easy to make, you might as well make it fresh!

How To Serve A Sex On The Beach Cocktail

Typically, a Sex on the Beach drink is served in a tall hurricane glass, but any tall glass will do. You can even serve it in a wine glass or a highball glass if you prefer.

If you're planning on making this Sex on the Beach drink recipe for a party, try serving it from a beverage dispenser so everyone can help themselves.

You can float a few orange slices in the dispenser for a festive flourish and let each guest add extra garnishes to their glass. Have the following nearby for easy customization:
  • Maraschino cherries
  • Pineapple wedges
  • Extra orange slices
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Author: Donna Elick
Sex on the Beach Drink

Sex on the Beach Drink

A sex on the beach drink is the perfect summer refreshment. Make this tropical cocktail with chilled vodka, peach schnapps, and fruit juices.
Prep time: 5 MinTotal time: 5 Min


  • ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/2 ounces peach Schnapps
  • 2 ounces orange juice
  • 2 ounces cranberry juice
  • splash grenadine
  • orange slice, garnish
  • 2 maraschino cherries


  1. Fill a hurricane glass with ice.
  2. Pour vodka and schnapps over top of the ice.
  3. Add cranberry juice.
  4. Then add orange juice. Add a splash of grenadine.
  5. Garnish with an orange wedge and a cocktail umbrella with 2 maraschino cherry threaded on the stick of the umbrella. Serve with fun colorful straws!
  1. For the best orange slice garnish, slice orange and then cut the slice into 1/4's.

Sex on the Beach Drink closeup

Originally published August 2013, updated and republished April 2022

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  1. I grew up in Florida and my favorite beach was probably "Writing on the road", a uncrowded beach break in an undeveloped (at the time) stretch of A1A between Ponte Vedra and St Augustine. Nice waves when they broke 3' or more, no police presence to curtail beach parties, and no townies.

    Hard to believe these were invented in the late 80's since we had them all the time but I guess memory could be off :)

    1. No, not off. I drank these in the 70's.

  2. We were serving these in bars in upstate NY in the mid 80's. I know this for sure because I was a bartender then. So Florida must have been behind the times. Oh...and beach if you want to hang and have some fun. St. Augustine, best for relaxation....

  3. Fell in love with this drink when I was in Cancun! Finish filling the glass with orange juice...what size glass? I'm thinking the amount of orange juice would affect the taste.

  4. any suggestions on a substitute for cranberry juice? Outside the US it can be hard to find.

    1. I make mine the same, but instead of cranberry juice, i use pineapple is amazing

    2. Pineapple juice us great. Add a splash of amarito with it too.

  5. We're twinsies (well, almost) today! I love this cocktail, I've always wondered what was in it. Love the combo of peach and vodka and cranberry!

  6. Randome side note - you mentioned jamming to Poison. They happen to be my favorite band, just as this is currently my favorite recipe site ;)

  7. Instead of grenadine I put a splash of ameretto in the sex on the beach

  8. I make mine with pineapple juice instead of orange juice and instead of peach schnapps, I use midori and chambord

    1. Whoops. I use peach schnapps, midori and chambered.

  9. The mix and ingredients are quite expensive...


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