Sex On The Beach

This classic Sex on the Beach drink never goes out of style! Fruity flavors of orange and cranberry juice mixed with vodka and peach schnapps takes you right to the beach!

For a twist on this fun drink, try our popular Sex in the Woods! Try this cocktail paired with our Hawaiian Pulled Chicken or our Perfect Pulled Pork to give you the full on the beach vibe!

sex on the beach cocktail with garnish

Sex On The Beach Cocktail

That drink with the fun, provocative name that we always loved to order in the 80’s and 90’s is still going strong! What’s not to love about a fruity, refreshing concoction like this drink recipe?

Sex on the Beach was originated in the 1980’s, according to the American Bartenders School Guide To Drinks. This fruity cocktail is made by mixing together orange juice, cranberry juice, vodka and peach schnapps – and sometimes a floater of grenadine is you’re feeling fancy.

Maraschino cherries and orange slices to garnish sex on the beach drink

What Ingredients Do You Need To Make Sex On The Beach?

Just a few simple ingredients go into making this delicious cocktail, but do make sure that you are using the best quality that you can!

Orange Juice: Pulp or no pulp, that’s up to you. I do recommend that you use a good brand of orange juice, preferable not from concentrate, or even fresh orange juice if possible.

Cranberry Juice: Again, get your favorite brand at the grocery store that you like to drink. If you’re looking to save a few calories you can try the low sugar or no sugar added variety.

Peach Schnapps: Round out the flavor of this tropical drink with a splash of peach schnapps – also to add some of that “you never knew it was coming” booziness.

Vodka: Since vodka is mostly flavorless, many people think that the brand doesn’t matter. But yes, my friends, it does. You don’t need top shelf brands for a mixer, but definitely not the bottom shelf, either. Somewhere in the middle works best!

a shot of vodka being poured into a cocktail glass

How Do You Make A Sex On The Beach Cocktail?

Making this fruity cocktail is really so easy, I’m not sure why people don’t make it all the time. All you need to do is follow these simple steps!

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice
  2. Pour in the orange juice, peach schnapps and vodka
  3. Top with cranberry juice and a splash of grenadine if desired
  4. Garnish with maraschino cherries, orange slices and an umbrella!
cranberry juice being poured into a glass with orange juice and vodka

How Do You Garnish Sex on the Beach?

Garnishing this drink recipe is as easy as adding a few maraschino cherries and an orange slice to the top of your highball glass. Or you can use just one or the other, it depends on how creative you feel like getting.

We also took the beach feeling a little further by adding a slice of star fruit and a fun drink umbrella! This is especially fun to do if you’re making these cocktails for parties or a happy hour.

fruit garnish on a cocktail with umbrella

Looking For More Tropical Cocktails?

sex on the beach cocktail with garnish

Sex On The Beach

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Drink 1x

A classic Sex on the Beach drink never goes out of style! This strong but fruity cocktail will give you the full beach vibe!



  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • 1/2 ounce peach schnapps
  • 1 1/2 ounces orange juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces cranberry juice
  • Splash of grenadine (optional)
  • Maraschino cherries, and orange slices for garnish


  1. Add ice to a highball glass.
  2. Pour in the vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice and cranberry juice and stir.
  3. Lastly, pour in the grenadine if using.
  4. Garnish with cherries and orange slices and serve.
  • Category: Cocktails
  • Method: Stir
  • Cuisine: American

You Might Also Like:

1 Response
  1. Jeff the Chef @ Make It Like a Man!

    I have never had sex on a beach. The drink, that is. I figured that putting in the order would be the fun part, but it actually sounds pretty tasty!

Leave a Reply

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

Cocktails and Drinks

Side “Bar”

Try some of the cocktails and drinks we’re mixing up this week!