Considering the fact that Peachtree Schnapps was first sold in America in 1979, this story is a great story, but just part of the history of the drink Sex on the Beach. As the writer states the drink spread throughout the country as bartenders created their own versions of a drink with a great name. Considering the fact that my customers, and others throughout CT,were drinking Sex On The Beach cocktails as early as 1981, the 1987 Florida version with Grenadine was in no way the first, but is a perfect example however, of the confusion bartenders always have about a recipe when a new drink hits the market. Yes, the writer is correct, the drink Sex on the Beach did spread rapidly across America, as great named drinks always do. Versions with grenadine probably were made in bars that used Grenadine whenever someone said the drink they had enjoyed in another establishment, was red and they did not have Sloe Gin. It is a fact that bartenders always asked, "What's in it, or what color is it?", and then got creative. This is the first I have heard of the Grenadine version. Makes sense. It is simply a Peach Sunrise, a take off on the Tequila Sunrise. I am sure many bartenders called it a "Florida Sunset". Another Northern version which Peachtree promoted heavily, and so it is mainstream in America today, was Peachtree, vodka OJ and Cranberry, basically a Peach Madras. Another version that was created in 1981 when Chambord Liqueur was introduced to America, was a beautiful looking drink, as well as one that was full of different flavors. I called it Sex on the Beach With a Rasta because of it's colors. Build; 1 oz. Chambord, 1/2oz. Vodka of choice, gun splash Cranberry, OJ, Pineapple, lace with Midori and garnish with orange, lime and lemon slices and maraschino cherry on a pick. This info is part of a lecture. I give on garnishing and presentation at
Sitting here in New England,preparing for a snowstorm, Sex on the Beach at a Florida resort with my beautiful wife , is a long way off. On second thought, Ted PizioWe are on the way!!
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Joeyposted 4 years ago
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 lead to the numerous regional variations of the famous drink recipe.