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Sex on the Beach

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Author: Lois Barnes, Posted: Wednesday, 24th August 2016, 08:00

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If you’re thinking of planning a last-minute holiday for September, this popular drink is sure to get you in the mood – and it would be rude not to have a few cheeky cocktails while you plan!

The most well-known claim to the invention of Sex on the Beach dates back to the autumn of 1987 in Florida, USA. A new drink – peach schnapps – had just started to be distributed and, with thousands of tourists expected to visit for the spring holiday, the distributor created a contest to popularise the new beverage. The bar that sold the most peach schnapps would receive a bonus of $1000 and the bartender responsible for the highest sales would receive $100.

Ted, a young bartender at Confetti’s Bar, mixed peach schnapps with vodka, orange juice and grenadine, and was soon asked what the cocktail was called. He immediately thought of the main reason why people came to Florida for their spring break – the beach and sex! “Sex on the Beach!” he replied.

As the drink became more and more popular, thousands of students returned home and requested the cocktail at their local bar. The bartenders didn’t know how to make the drink, as they had never heard of it, so they asked around and this led to the multiple variations of the drink.

50ml vodka
25ml peach schnapps
50ml orange juice
25ml grenadine

1. Add ice, vodka and peach schnapps to a highball glass.

2. Top up with orange juice and drizzle grenadine to create a ‘sunset’ appearance.

Why not have a Mocktail?
For a non-alcoholic alternative, mix 50ml cranberry juice, 50ml grapefruit juice and 25ml peach nectar. Garnish with an orange slice.


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