Sex on the Beach
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|IBA Official Cocktail|
|Sex on the Beach|
|Primary alcohol by volume|
|Served||On the rocks; poured over ice|
|Standard drinkware||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.
There are two general types of the cocktail:
- The first type is made from vodka, peach schnapps, orange juice, and cranberry juice. This is an International Bartenders Association Official Cocktail.
- The second type is made from vodka, Chambord, Midori Melon Liqueur, pineapple juice, and cranberry juice. This type is listed in the Mr. Boston Official Bartender's Guide.
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.
Some derivative variations have their own names:
- A "Modern Sex on the Beach" replaces orange juice with pineapple juice in the first recipe.
- "Sex on Fire" is Sex on the Beach with Fireball (cinnamon flavoured) whiskey in place of the Vodka.
- A "Woo Woo" is Sex on the Beach without orange juice.
- The alcohol-free variation is sometimes referred to as "Safe Sex on the Beach", "Dry Humping on the Beach" or "Virgins on the Beach".
The earliest known invention of the cocktail and its name dates back to 1987 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Republic National Distributor (National Distribution at the time) had just begun to sell a new product, peach schnapps, in the fall. With the influx of tourism coming shortly for spring break, National devised a contest that would pay the bar that sold the most peach schnapps a bonus of $1000 and the bartender that was responsible at that bar for the highest sales of schnapps would receive $100. A young bartender named Ted Pizio working at Confetti's mixed peach schnapps, vodka, orange juice and grenadine. When Pizio began to sell the sweet and tasty beverage, he was soon asked what it was called. On the spot, Pizio thought what the reason was that thousands of people came to Ft. Lauderdale for spring break was: the beach and sex. "Sex on the Beach!" he replied, and as the drink gained fame that spring, thousands of college students returned to their areas of the country and asked their local bartenders for Sex on the Beach. Obviously, the bartenders had no idea how to make a drink they had never heard of so they asked what it looked like and what it tasted like, which to this day has led to the numerous regional variations of the famous drink recipe.
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