Cuddles on the Beach is a mocktail version of Sex on the Beach. Actually, it’s three possible recipes for a non-alcoholic version of that classic drink, and you may come up with yet another.
The basic idea for a no-alcohol Sex on the Beach is to remove the vodka and then replace the peach schnapps with peach nectar. Easy-peasy, and it tastes very much like the original.
Peach nectar is basically a thicker version of peach juice. It contains both juice and pureed fruit. But, yes, peach juice can work in these recipes, too.
What about using a peach soda, you may ask? The peach nectar tastes more like schnapps, but you might be able to make a very tasty drink using a peach soda.
There are so many ways you can go with this drink. When you’re dealing with flavors as bold and tasty as cranberry and peach, it’s hard to go wrong.
I’ve included a few possible recipes to get you started. Don’t be afraid to mess around with these and change them up. Play with these recipes and make them your own!
The first recipe tastes the most like the original. It just leaves out the vodka and adds peach nectar in place of peach schnapps.
Recipe #2 adds some soda or tonic water to it. The original doesn’t have any kind of soda, so this is a fun twist on it. A bubbly Sex on the Beach mocktail.
And the third recipe adds grenadine and ginger ale, so it’s going pretty far off script. But it tastes so good.
This drink is great alongside a meal that’s savory and not too spicy. Chicken tenders with a ranch or blue cheese dipping sauce, for instance.
You could also pair it with a simple grilled whitefish or chicken dish. The fruit flavors pair wonderfully with grilled or baked meat.
And it’s absolutely the bomb with french fries of any description – plain fries, seasoned fries, fries with garlic and parmesan. There’s something about greasy, starchy foods with light fruit juice that works so well.
This is a great mocktail for entertaining, because it’s just so pretty and really does look like a cocktail. That makes it a very fun option for guests who aren’t drinking.
You can garnish it with fresh fruit or an umbrella, or both. That makes it look even more like an actual cocktail.
Cuddles on the Beach Recipe #1
The purist’s version – just removes and replaces the alcohol with the nearest match.
Cuddles on the Beach Recipe #2
The sparkling version – adds 7-Up for sweet citrus taste, or tonic or mineral water if you like a little bitterness with your fruit juice.
- 2 ounces cranberry juice
- 2 ounces grapefruit juice
- 2 ounces peach nectar
- 2 ounces 7-Up (or tonic/mineral water)
As with the first recipe, you can just pour this into a glass with ice, stir, and serve.
Cuddles on the Beach Recipe #3
This one tastes the least like the original, adding ginger ale and a touch of grenadine to the mix, but ginger and peach is a fantastic combination.