A brief history of the Sex on the Beach cocktail
Now that you know how to make a Sex on the Beach cocktail, let’s get down to business. What on earth is the deal with the name and who came up with it? Well, as many naughty things are wont to do, it originated around the tradition of Spring Break in the United States.
The story goes that a bartender in Florida, one Ted Pizio, was told to make peach schnapps (a bit of an old lady drink at the time) more appealing to a younger crowd in the 1980s.
This is when he devised this two-layer cocktail, of which the half at the bottom is apparently the beach, and the half at the top, is, well, the good stuff. A bit of reach to be sure, but we’re gonna give this one to old Ted – he sure managed to give peach schnapps a much-needed PR boost.
Of course, the giggle-inducing name has now also made this rather famous cocktail a go-to for everything from quirky 80s theme parties, to hen dos and everything in between.
What flavours are in the Sex on the Beach cocktail?
Now, let’s take a look at what is in the Sex on the Beach cocktail and how this all comes together to make a very delicious, refreshing and fruity drink. The first half of the drink contains the intensely fruity and peach-forward schnapps that is combined with orange- and pineapple juice to push the flavour profile into a wonderfully tropical space.
Then, on top of this, the next layer contains SKYY Vodka that is shaken with tart cranberry juice and a kiss of sweetness from the raspberry liqueur. In short, this is about as tutti fruity as it gets, folks! A great drink to sip on the patio or in the garden when the weather is balmy.
Is peach schnapps vodka?
Nope, not quite. The peach schnapps that is used in the Sex on the Beach cocktail recipe is a spirit that shares similarities with vodka, but is actually made in a very different way. Essentially, the creators of this spirit add peach flavouring to a clear grain spirit, so there aren’t actually any fresh peaches involved in the deal. You do, however, get that peachy vibe with a very noticeable kick to accompany it.