Sex on the Beach

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Sex on the Beach
IBA Official Cocktail
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Sex on the Beach
Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish

orange slice

Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball glass
IBA specified ingredients*
Preparation Build all ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with orange slice.
* Sex on the Beach recipe at International Bartenders Association

Sex on the Beach is a cocktail that has many variations.

General types[edit]

There are two general types of the cocktail:

The drink is built over ice in a highball glass and garnished with an orange slice.[2] Sometimes they are mixed in smaller amounts and served as a shooter.


Several variations are sometimes referred to by the same name:

  • Hard Rock Cafe's recipe is based on the second form, calling for vodka, Midori, Chambord, lemon juice, pineapple juice and sugar syrup, shaken and strained over ice into a Collins glass.
  • Other variations use both orange juice and pineapple juice.
  • Coconut rum is often substituted for the vodka.
  • Grenadine is sometimes used in place of cranberry juice, especially in locales where cranberry juice is hard to come by.
  • Amaretto is sometimes added for extra flavor.
  • Sex on the Beach is often made as a shooter by using half vodka, half peach schnapps and a bit of grenadine.
  • Yet another variation of the basic Vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, & cranberry juice recipe is the addition of apple schnapps. This recipe can be served as either a cocktail or a shooter.

Some derivative variations have their own names:

  • "Sex on Fire" is Sex on the Beach with Fireball Cinnamon Whisky in place of the vodka.[citation needed]
  • A "Woo Woo" is Sex on the Beach without orange juice.[3]
  • The alcohol-free variation is sometimes referred to as "Safe Sex on the Beach" or "Virgins on the Beach".[4]
  • A "Fuzzy Navel" is the same drink with cranberry juice omitted.


  1. ^ Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide (67th ed.). Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley. 2008. ISBN 978-0-470-39065-8. 
  2. ^ "IBA recipe". Retrieved 2015-01-13. 
  3. ^ Kester Thompson (2011). Cocktails, Cocktails, and More Cocktails. p. 52. ISBN 978-1-60734-423-0. 
  4. ^ Suzi Parker (2005). 1000 Best Bartender Recipes. p. 534. ISBN 978-1-4022-0547-7. 

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