Best Ever Sex on the Beach Drink Recipe + Video

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Sex on the Beach drink is the perfect summer refreshment. Make this tropical cocktail with chilled vodka, peach schnapps, and fruit juices. You’ll love the ease of this classic cocktail! 

two tropical cocktails in hurricane glasses


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

I love the flavor of this fruity cocktail! It’s perfect for the summer months and the perfect drink for lazy days. 

It’s a popular drink recipe for spring breakers, and there’s no denying those tropical flavors!

Make sure to have an orange wedge or a pineapple slice to add even more tropical vibes to the rim of this refreshing drink.

And don’t forget to top it with a maraschino cherry! 

You’ll be having your own backyard party with this classic drink. Your summer parties will be a blast with this beach cocktail recipe! 

pouring peach schnapps over ice in hurricane glass

Sex On The Beach Drink

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

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! It’s such an easy recipe to make! 

Find more easy summer cocktail recipes here on TSRI, including a Piña Colada or Strawberry Daquiri. We also have a full list of classic cocktails too!

Cool down with a Long Island Iced Tealemonade cocktail, or my signature Frozen Peach Margarita!

pouring vodka into hurricane glass

Ingredient Notes and Substitutions

  • Peach Schnapps

    You can use Peach Absolut instead of schnapps. Just keep in mind that Absolut is vodka and has a much higher alcohol content.
  • Orange Juice

    Using pulp free juice will guarantee a very smooth cocktail. 

    However, you can use whatever you have — even freshly squeezed. Sometimes it’s just the refreshing kick you need in a tropical cocktail!

    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.

    Alternatively, use pineapple juice instead of orange, for an even sweeter beverage! I also love the tart note that the pineapple adds to a Sex on the Beach drink.
  • Prefer blended fruity drinks? 
    Toss the ingredients into a blender with some ice for a frozen Sex on the Beach cocktail!!

There’s another version of the classic Sex on the Beach recipe that includes Midori, Chambord, vodka, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice. 

The colors in this one are amazing as well, thanks to the bright green Midori!

You can always add an extra splash of lemon juice to take the citrus flavor to the next level – and yes, having a little cocktail umbrella and lots of ice is a must! 

I keep fresh ice on hand to keep fruity flavors like this nice and cool! 

pouring cranberry juice into hurricane glass

How To Make a Sex On The Beach

Drink recipes don’t get much simpler than this! 

  1. Fill your glass with ice, then pour vodka and peach schnapps over the top.
  2. Add the cranberry juice, then the orange juice, and finish with a splash of grenadine.
  3. Finish with a orange slice and maraschino cherries for garnish, and enjoy!

Sex On The Beach Recipe FAQ

What does a Sex on the Beach 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 flavor isn’t very noticeable, it can pack a punch if you aren’t aware. Drink responsibly!

Can I make a larger batch of cocktails? 

Yes, absolutely! This particular Sex on the Beach drink recipe is easy to scale up for parties or a girl’s night in. Decide 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. A tropical Sex on the Beach mocktail is just as delicious as the original!

How To Serve a Sex On The Beach Cocktail

Typically, this 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, you could serve it from a large drink pitcher or beverage dispenser so everyone can help themselves.

Float a few orange slices in the dispenser for a bit of pizazz, and let each guest add other garnishes to their glass. Have the following nearby for easy customization:

  • Maraschino cherries
  • Pineapple wedges
  • Extra orange slices

Prep Ahead Instructions

Because everything gets stirred together, you can easily mix up a batch of this Sex on the Beach recipe before guests arrive.

Citrus juice can be a bit finicky, so I recommend combining everything no more than a day in advance. 

Just keep it covered and store it in the refrigerator, and give it a quick stir before serving.

placing orange wedge on the rim of sex on the beach drink

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two sex on the beach drinks in tall glasses over ice

Best Ever Sex on the Beach Drink Recipe + Video

Donna Elick
A Sex on the Beach drink is perfect for summer parties! Make our recipe for a tropical cocktail with vodka, peach schnapps and fruit juices.
5 stars from 1 review
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drink
Cuisine American
Method Mixed
Servings 1 drink


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


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



Serving: 1 | Calories: 284cal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Sugar: 27g | Fiber: 1g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published August 2013, updated and republished April 2024

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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 🙂

  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 Clearwater…best 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. 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!

  5. Randome side note – you mentioned jamming to Poison. They happen to be my favorite band, just as this is currently my favorite recipe site 😉

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

  7. 5 stars
    This drink was so tasty, I am so glad I tried it. I have always been a cocktail fan, but never knew how to make this one! It is such a delicious and refreshing summer cocktail, I will be making it more often from now on!

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