The Automatic’s Sex on the Beach

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“Everybody likes a Sex on the Beach,” says Sam Friedman, assistant general manager of The Automatic in Cambridge, MA. “But it's an old school cocktail that has been historically overly sweet, so we figured, why not have a little fun but use high-quality ingredients to create an actually well balanced drink?” The bar transforms the spring break staple with quality vodka and peach liqueur, orange bitters (“a house favorite when it comes to adding just a little extra touch to our drinks,” Friedman says) and fresh juices—including house-made cranberry juice. “It adds a lot of depth while accentuating the tropical notes of oranges, peaches and pineapples,” Friedman says. “Let’s just say this one goes down a little too easy—we’ve gotten into trouble a few times now.”

The Automatic’s Sex on the Beach



  • 2 oz Vodka
  • .75 oz Peach Liqueur
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters
  • .5 oz Cranberry juice


Step one

Add all ingredients save for the cranberry juice to a pint glass and fill with crushed ice.

Step two

Float cranberry juice on top and serve.

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