Please, no puns on the name of the Sex on the Beach cocktail. Whatever you think of – it’s been done. However clever you think it is – it’s not. Even if your friends giggle and snort, that’s just because they’re a bunch of doofuses. And so are you.
But what the hell? That’s what kind of a drink Sex on the Beach is – fun, silly, light-hearted, easy-going fruity cocktail. It’s a stealth drink, meaning it tastes weaker than it is. In fact, the alcohol flavor is mild enough for most new or occasional drinkers, but the potency is actually a little higher than most cocktails.
This drink features vodka, peach schnapps, cranberry juice and either grapefruit juice (most common in my experience) or orange juice. The flavor is sweet and fruity, but not overwhelmingly so. The Sex on the Beach is one of those drinks that’s easy to take anytime, any place. I think of it as perfect for relaxing and refreshing on a hot afternoon, but it’s also great for a night out dancing. The fruit juice gives you a little bit of sugar and hydration.
Note that my version includes a teaspoon of lemon juice, which I tried based on a reader suggestion in the comments. I think it takes this drink to a whole new level. You really don’t notice the lemon flavor, but it adds a little more tartness and a wow factor that wakes up your taste buds. the classic recipe doesn’t include it, so feel free to try it both ways.
It’s also great for parties. There are even a few recipes for a non-alcoholic version for the non-drinkers, which I call Cuddles on the Beach. Because there’s no shaking and straining, it’s an easy drink you can mix up in batches ahead of time. You can even put it in a beverage dispenser and let guests serve themselves. That makes it especially great for barbecues and other casual get-togethers.