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Sex on the Beach

A ‘Bliss on the Beach’ is a vodka cocktail with a fruity flavor. Popular since the 1980s, it is more often known as ‘Sex on the Beach’.

As the idea for this mix spread across the USA, bartenders would invent their own recipes, so there are quite a few different versions. Here, we will share one of the most common recipes and its variables.

Sex on the Beach Recipe

All recipes for this drink contain fruity flavors and vodka. More often than not, they also include cranberry and orange juice, as well as peach schnapps.

Perfect for hot summers, it’s easy to make and has a broad appeal. It is like a tropical punch with a zing that is not dissimilar to a Cape Codder or a Fuzzy Navel.

Sex on the Beach

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Tropical Drinks, Vodka
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1 1/2 Ounces Vodka
  • ½ Ounce Creme de Cassis
  • ¾ Ounce Peach Schnapps
  • 2 Orange Juice
  • 2 Ounces Cranberry Juice
  • Orange Slice Garnish
  • Maraschino Cherry Garnish


  • Get all the bits you'll need ready
  • Pour the ingredients into an ice-filled cocktail shaker
  • Shake it up
  • Pack a highball or hurricane glass with ice and strain the mixture into it
  • Add the maraschino cherry and orange slice as a garnish

Vodka Options

Switch it up a bit by using a flavored vodka. Some other fun twists are strawberry or coconut, but you can also use your favorite flavor. The fruitiness and sweetness of the drink mean nearly any flavor vodka can work well.

Top Tips

The vodka does not have to be the most expensive on the market. Instead, select one that is good quality, but doesn’t break the bank. Perfect as a punch or for pitchers, this is a fabulous drink to present to your guests just by increasing the amount of each ingredient. Chambord can be used as a crème de cassis alternative, and it can be easier to find.

The History

The origins of a lot of famous cocktails often get lost over time. The story of this cocktail is much the same, and there are a few different versions. The rise in popularity of peach schnapps around 1987 is common, though, to all the starts of this story. It’s an essential ingredient. Thanks to the use of several non-alcoholic mixers, the cocktail is often not as strong as people expect.

Commonly, this drink contains around 11 percent ABV (22 proof). This is a relatively low average for this type of drink but, because of the fruitiness of the flavor, it can be too easy to drink and can catch you off guard. It can be easy to over-indulge so please, drink responsibly.

Drink trends of the 80s, and the previous decade, were generally for tall, vodka cocktails with a fruity flavor with naughty, crazy names, designed to be noticed, and retained, by bar-goers. Some people prefer to call this one ‘Bliss on the Beach’ to ensure everyone feels comfortable to order and talk about this delicious cocktail. Whatever you call it, it’s delicious.

Written by My Bartender

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