Easy - How to Make a Sex On The Beach and other Cocktails

A quick history

Sex on the Beach comes in many forms, of which I'll describe the classic recipe. This version is an IBA (International Bartenders Association) Official Cocktail.

It probably originated in the 80's, as one story would have it Sex on the Beach was first mixed in conjunction with a Florida drinks distributor starting to sell Peach Schnappes. The young bartender who first mixed it was faced with the common dilemma all would be mixologists face at some point - what to call his new concoction. On the spot with a curious customer during Spring Break, his thoughts were that people only came to Florida during Spring Break for two things; Beaches and Sex, and therefore named his drink "Sex on the Beach".

Truly inspired.

Sex on the Beach cocktails probably originated on Florida beaches during Spring Break
Sex on the Beach cocktails probably originated on Florida beaches during Spring Break
Sex on the Beach Cocktail, in Hurricane Glass
Sex on the Beach Cocktail, in Hurricane Glass

Sex On The Beach

Required Ingredients;

  • Vodka
  • Peach Schnapps
  • Orange Juice
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Ice

Fill your Boston Glass with ice and add all of the ingredients as follows;

  1. 2 Parts Vodka
  2. 1 Part Peach Schnapps
  3. 2 - 3 Parts Orange Juice
  4. 1 Part Cranberry Juice

Firmly attach your Shaker to your Boston Glass and shake well for 3 seconds.

Strain into a Hurricane Glass and serve with a straw

Like this recipe?

Chances are, if you like Sex on the Beach, your preference in cocktails leans to the fruitier/sweeter mixes. So why not try these next two cocktails?

If you already have the ingredients to mix up a Sex on the Beach, then you also have all the ingredients you're going to need for the Woo Woo recipe below.

June Bug Annihilator

If you enjoy multiple fruit flavored cocktails then this should be right up your street, combining Pineapple, Coconut, Banana and Melon. Even if this doesn't match your regular preference, I implore you to give it a go regardless, it wouldn't have been my first choice on a menu but I was pleasantly surprised by this one!

Mixed right, it should turn out sweet but smooth.

Required Ingredients;

  • Malibu
  • Melon Liqueur
  • Banana Liqueur
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Wedge of Fresh Lime
  • Ice

Fill your Boston Glass with ice and measure in all the ingredients as follows;

  1. 2 Parts Malibu
  2. A Half Part Banana Liqueur
  3. A Half Part Melon Liqueur
  4. 3 - 4 Parts Pineapple Juice
  5. 1 Wedge of Lime

Firmly attach your Shaker to your Boston Glass and shake well for 3 seconds.

Strain the mix into a Hurricane Glass with and serve with a straw.

Woo Woo

Woo Woos are somewhere between a Sex on the Beach and a Cape Cod, and would probably suit you if the orange juice in Sex on the Beachs are the only ingredient that you don't like.

Whenever I've encountered people drinking Woo Woos in a bar, it always seems to be accompanied with shouts of "WOO WOOO" before drinking. Don't feel obliged.

Required Ingredients;

  • Vodka
  • Peach Schnapps
  • Cranberry Juice
  • Fresh Lime Wedges
  • Ice

Fill your Boston Glass with ice and measure in all the ingredients as follows;

  1. 2 Parts Vodka
  2. 1 Part Peach Schnapps
  3. 3-4 Parts Cranberry Juice
  4. 2 Wedges of Fresh Lime

Firmly attach your Shaker to your Boston Glass and shake well for 3 seconds.

Strain the mix into a Hurricane glass and serve with a straw.

When mixing cocktails

Getting the exact mix can be tricky, and in many cases is of questionable importance.When trying to teach new bartenders how to make particular recipes, they often aren't happy with descriptions like:

"Vodka, bit of Peach Schappes, Orange, and a dash of Cranberry"

I can understand why, it doesn't exactly lend a lot of information, but to me it gives all you need to know to make, what is essentially, a perfectly alright mix.

Take the description above at it's full value -
Most cocktails have at least 6cl (2oz) of alcohol, so you can divide "Vodka, a bit of Peach Schnappes" into 4cl Vodka and 2cl Peach (errr... 1.5oz and 0.5oz)

"Orange, and a dash of Cranberry"
Well, that's easy, a dash is a splash is simply not a lot of Cranberry Juice. So, fill it most of the way with Orange Juice and then add a bit of Cranberry. I personally just add enough to give Sex on the beach a nice peachy colour.

So, while I could say "Take 4cl of Vodka, then 2cl of Peach Schnappes..." and so on, it really isn't necessary. Once you understand some of the fundamentals behind cocktails it can really take away the mystique that makes so many people afraid to try mixing recipes for themselves.

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coachb51 6 years ago from West Point, MS

Plenty of recipes to try something new, I have never had a Woo Woo.


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tom_caton 6 years ago from The Desk Author

hello coach51! thanks for commenting, Woo Woos are quite nice with the right balance, as with all cocktails. I usually squeeze the juice an extra wedge of lime in there for myself because I like the sweet/sour cocktails. Hope you like it anyway! Anything else you want to try just say the word.


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deepimpacto 6 years ago

Hey Tom,

Just checking out your hubs. I worked in a cocktail bar too back in a different life!

Try adding a 3/4 oz of cassis or chambord to your sex on the beach. Delicious :-)


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tom_caton 6 years ago from The Desk Author

Cassis eh? Sounds interesting, will definitely have to try that! Cheers!

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