The Sex on the Beach is one of the IBA-recognized alcoholic vodka-based cocktails. The story about the birth of the cocktail foresees its first appearance in America. Already in the seventies, Vodka became one of the main ingredients in American cocktails. But it was only after the peach liqueurs were imported that the first fruity cocktails were born. Initially, the drink was not called “Sex on the Beach”, due to the inconvenience of the word “sex” in various American bars. In fact, the first recipe to become famous was the  “Peach on the Beach”, described by the “Mr. Boston’s” guide. It was during the spring break of 1987 that the cocktail as we know it now was born. National Distribution launched a competition to sponsor Peach Schnapp. Ted Pizio, the bartender at Confettis, decided to use the peach liqueur along with vodka, orange juice, and cranberry. The cocktail became famous among the young people, and Ted decided to call it “Sex on the Beach” for the simple fact that young people went to the spring break for “sex” and for the beaches.

There is also a parallel story. This version indicates the birth of the cocktail in Europe, where it was previously called “Fun on the beach”. The cocktail was born from the consequence that the Midori was not easily available at that time and, therefore, the current version was easier to prepare. Thus, the name changed radically, since it was not subject to American moralisms.

Preparation: Shake the vodka, peach schnapps, and orange juice in a cold shaker. Pour everything into a tall tumbler filled with ice. Pour the cranberry juice without stirring so that the red of the juice, which tends to drop due to density, streaks the cocktail. Garnish with a straw, and possibly with orange, and serve.


Il Sex on the Beach è uno dei cocktail alcolici a base di Vodka riconosciuto dall’IBA. La storia sulla nascita del cocktail prevede la sua prima apparizione in America. Già negli anni settanta, la Vodka diventa uno degli ingredienti principali nei cocktail Americani. Ma fu solo dopo che vennero importati i Liquori alla pesca che nacquiero i primi cocktail fruttati. Inizialmente il drink non veniva chiamato “Sex on the Beach”, per la sconvenienza della parola “sex” all’interno dei vari bar americani. Infatti, la prima ricetta a diventare famosa fu quella del “Peach on the Beach”, descritta dalla guida “Mr. Boston’s”. Fu durante lo spring break del 1987 che nacque il cocktail come lo conosciamo ora. La National Distribution indisse un concorso per sponsorizzare il Peach Schnapp. Ted Pizio, il barman del Confettis, decise di utilizzare il liquorea alla pesca insieme alla Vodka, al succo di arancia ed al cranberry. Il cocktail andò di moda e Ted decise di chiamarlo “Sex on the Beach” per il semplice fatto che i giovani si recavano allo spring break per il sesso (“sex”) e per le spiagge (“beach”).

Esiste anche una storia parallela. Questa versione indica la nascita del cocktail in Europa, dove antecedentemente si chiamava “Fun on the beach”. Il cocktail nasce dalla conseguenza che il Midori non era facilmente reperibile in quel periodo e, quindi, la versione attuale fosse più semplice da preparare. Così, il nome cambio radicalmente, dato che non doveva sottostare ai moralismi americani.

Preparazione: Shakerare la vodka, il peach schnapps e il succo di arancia in uno shaker freddo. Versare il tutto in un tumbler alto riempito di ghiaccio. Versare senza mescolare il succo di cranberry in modo che il rosso del succo, che per densità tende a scendere, screzi il cocktail. Guarnire con una cannuccia, ed eventualmente con arancia, e servire.



  • Nutrition: 274 cal


  • 4cl vodka
  • 2cl peach schnapps
  • 4cl Orange juice
  • 4cl Cranberry


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