How to Make a Sex on the Beach With Rum


With a name like "Sex on the Beach," you know you're getting a cocktail that evokes the laid-back vibe of the tropics. Making it with rum instead of the traditional vodka carries that expectation one step further.

Basic Recipe

A standard Sex on the Beach includes four simple ingredients:

  • 1 part vodka
  • 1 part peach schnapps
  • 2 parts cranberry juice
  • 2 parts orange juice

Combine the ingredients in a highball glass filled with ice and stir.

Simple Substitutions

White rum has a very subtle flavor, which makes it a good 1-to-1 substitute for vodka in this cocktail. Check the label on the bottle for the brand's ABV, or alcohol by volume. It may be stronger than the vodka that your local bartender uses.


  • Alcohol by volume is the percentage of alcohol contained in a spirit. Proof is simply ABV multiplied by 2. Most rums and vodkas have an ABV of 40 to 60 percent, or 80 to 120 proof.

Types of Rum

Any of the four basic styles of rum is a good choice for mixing with the fruit flavors in a Sex on the Beach:

  • White rum is aged briefly to smooth its flavor, but not long enough to take on characteristics of the barrel.
  • Gold rums are aged in oak barrels and take on light notes of vanilla and caramel. 
  • Black rum is aged for longer periods, giving it a stronger, more assertive flavor. 
  • Flavored rums traditionally fall into two categories -- coconut and spiced. Several manufactures also offer fruit-flavored rums.

Make Rum the Star

This take on Sex on the Beach celebrates the tropical flavors of rum.

Combine the following in a cocktail shaker filled with ice:

  • 1/2 part black or spiced rum
  • 1/2 part coconut rum
  • 1 part peach- or mango-flavored rum
  • 2 parts cranberry juice 
  • 2 parts orange juice 

Shake vigorously and serve in a highball glass. Garnish with an orange wedge.

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