Indulge in the vibrant and refreshing flavors of the classic Sex on the Beach Cocktail, perfect for those sunny summer days.

Crafted with a blend of vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, and cranberry juice, this fruity concoction will transport you to a tropical paradise with every sip, evoking the essence of an exotic beach vacation.

Treat yourself to this colorful cooler and let its delightful combination whisk you away to relaxation and bliss.

Sex on the Beach Cocktail with cherries

Sex on the Beach Cocktail

  • AKA, “bliss on the beach” is an excellent “starter” cocktail for budding mixologists and those who are new to exploring the cocktail life.
  • It’s a simple drink to prepare using just a few ingredients and the alcohol is barely noticeable under the layers of fruit juices.
  • No special equipment or signature glasses are required, although the color can best be enjoyed in clear glassware.
  • Make it an alcohol free “mocktail” for kids by omitting the vodka and switching out the Schnapps for peach juice!
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What’s in a Sex on the Beach Cocktail?

This delightful drink is a must-have for any basic home bar set-up! If you don’t have one, sex on the beach is a good drink recipe to start with! Vodka is a staple for other popular libations like martinis, and rhubarb liqueur.

Vodka: Top shelf is not required for this recipe as the tangy citrus juices will tame the vodka. For best results, always store vodka in the freezer so it’s always extra cold! There are a variety of flavored vodkas like vanilla, whipped cream, peach, and cherry so any of these will enhance your cocktails!

Schnapps: Peach Schnapps is thick, sweet and the perfect base for Sex on the Beach cocktails. If you can’t find it, Grenadine is a good replacement.

Fruit Juice: Orange and cranberry juice should be 100% and not juice blends as that would dilute the crisp and citrusy flavors. To stiffen the drink taste a little, swap the orange juice with the same amount of grapefruit juice, or for a sweeter drink, use pineapple juice. Look for no-added-sugar juices for fewer calories.

Garnish: Maraschino cherries and orange slices are perfect pairs for sex on the beach cocktails! Other fun garnishes are sprigs of mint or basil, rock candy swizzle sticks, or frozen strawberries or blueberries that will add a pop of color while keeping drinks extra cold!

How to Make a Sex on the Beach Cocktail

This is the easy part!

  1. Fill glasses or cups ¾ full of ice.
  2. Add vodka, Schnapps, and orange juice (as described in the recipe below).
  3. Carefully add the cranberry juice.
  4. Garnish as desired.

NOTE: Add more shots of vodka, if desired.

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Top Tips & Tricks

  • Chill the glasses (or pitcher), and the Vodka, before making Sex on the Beach cocktails so they are extra chilly and refreshing!
  • Serve in clear glass or plastic cups that will showcase the vibrant hues of orange and pink and the colorful (and edible!) garnishes!
  • Mix up a pitcher ahead of time and keep it in the fridge for easy access!
  • For more intense color add ingredients to a shaker and add ice. Shake for 15 seconds and strain over ice for a deep orange color.
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Sex on the Beach Cocktail with cherries
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Sex on the Beach Cocktail

This sex on the Beach cocktail recipe creates a vibrant and refreshing drink that makes you think of a tropical paradise with its tantalizing flavors.
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 1 Drink
Author Candace Hollas


Cocktail glass


  • ¾-1 cup ice
  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1 ounce peach schnapps
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • 1 ounce cranberry juice

Optional Garnish:


  • Fill a 1 cup glass about ¾ full with ice.
  • Pour in the vodka, peach schnapps, and orange juice.
  • Carefully pour the last ounce of cranberry juice into the glass to create a layered color mixture.
  • Garnish with maraschino cherries, orange slices or wedges, or both.
  • Enjoy responsibly and savor the refreshing flavors!


    • Nutrition calculated without garnish.
    • Chill glasses and vodka for an extra chilly and refreshing drink.
    • Serve in clear glass to showcase the vibrant and colorful hues of orange and pink.
    • Mix a pitcher ahead of time and refrigerate.
    • Add ingredients to a shaker, add ice, then shake for 15 seconds. Strain over ice for a deep orange color.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 164 | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 0.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.03g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 10mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 69IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information does not include optional ingredients or garnish and is an estimate. It may change based on actual ingredients and cooking methods used.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American

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