Sex on the Beach

The summer classic for the perfect beach party feeling
Sex on the Beach Cocktail Rezept
mittelstark (11% - 19%)
Cocktail Renaissance (1980 - 2004)
Created by:
Ted Pizio
Sex on the Beach

The Sex on the Beach is one of the most famous cocktails in the world. Its fruity taste and simple preparation have made the drink, which belongs to the group of highball cocktails, the ultimate party drink.

Due to its great popularity, there are now countless variants of this classic. Traditionally, however, Sex on the Beach is made with cranberry syrup and originates in the United States.

  • Prep Time2 min
  • Cook Time1 min
  • Total Time3 min
  • Yield1 jar
  • Serving Size240 ml
  • Energy376 cal
  • Cuisine
    • amerikanisch
  • Course
    • Getränk
  • Cooking Method
    • Shaken


For the Sex on the Beach

  • 40 ml vodka
  • 40 ml peach liqueur
  • 80 ml pineapple juice
  • 40 ml cranberry syrup
  • 40 ml orange juice
  • Ice cube
  • Orange slice
  • Pineapple chunk
  • Cocktail cherry


  • Boston Shaker
  • Hurricane glass
  • Bar strainer
  • Drinking Straw


Mix all ingredients with ice in a shaker.
Add fresh ice cubes to a pre-chilled Hurricane glass and then pour the drink through a bar strainer over the top.
Garnish with an orange slice, cocktail cherry or a pineapple chunk and serve with a straw. Ready is your homemade Sex on the Beach cocktail.

For a particularly beautiful color gradient, pour the cranberry syrup into the glass rather than mixing it with the rest of the ingredients. Then pour the remaining ingredients from the shaker slowly and over the ice cubes into the glass. This way you achieve the least possible mixing and your Sex on the Beach gets the typical color gradient from red to orange.
Instead of the classic cranberry syrup, you can also switch to grenadine or syrup made from other types of berries. In the non-alcoholic version Safer Sex on the Beach, vodka and liqueur are replaced by 40 ml each of pineapple juice and orange juice.

  • 1 servings per container
  • Serving Size240 ml
  • Amount per serving
  • Calories376
  • % Daily Value*Standard DV
  • Total Fat0.1 g78 g0.13%
  • Total Carbohydrate57.2 g275 g20.8%
  • Dietary Fiber0.5 g28 g1.79%
  • Total Sugars44.8 g
  • Protein0.6 g50 g1.2%
  • Calcium4.4 mg1300 mg0.34%
  • Iron0.1 mg18 mg0.56%
  • Potassium80 mg4700 mg1.7%
  • Vitamin A0.004 mcg900 mcg0%
  • Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)20 mg90 mg22.22%
  • Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)0.036 mg1.2 mg3%
  • Phosphorus6.8 mg1250 mg0.54%
  • Iodine0.56 mcg150 mcg0.37%
  • Magnesium4.4 mg420 mg1.05%
  • Chloride1.6 mg2300 mg0.07%
  • Alkohol22 g

The history of Sex on the BEach

As with almost every classic cocktail: the origin of this famous cocktail is not provable beyond doubt. The most famous story about its creation says that it was invented in 1987 in a bar called Confetti’s (Florida, USA) by the young bartender Ted “Teddy” Pizio. When a guest asked him for the name of the cocktail he didn’t know, Ted was inspired by the springbreak vacationers who were there at the time and their behavior, and without further ado christened his creation with the name he knows today.

A nice story, but its truthfulness may well be questioned. What is certain, however, is that the cocktail was first published in the 1982 edition of the book American Bartender’s School – Guide to Drinks – five years before Ted Pizio allegedly invented it.

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