Sure, Sex on the Beach is a something of a basic cocktail but sometimes you can’t resist safe and familiar. This particular cocktail is actually a variant on the well-known classic, but is it as good?
Frankly, the answer to that is ‘No’. Sex on the Beach is sweet and tangy and very moreish, but #3 is less enthusiastic than the original. It goes down easily, but it doesn’t pack a whole lot of punch on the way; there’s a complex aroma that suggests the possibility of it being a strong drink, and there’s a vague sense of citrus flavour but it is too generic to really be enjoyable. It’s tastes of neither cranberry or pineapple, so even though you won’t actively dislike it as you’re drinking it, the sad truth is that you certainly won’t remember it mere seconds after you’ve swallowed that particular mouth full.
Given the fantastic ingredients that are used in Sex on the Beach #3 – melon liqueur and Chambord in particular – it’s even more frustrating that they play zero part in the flavour profile of the drink. What’s the point of using such ingredients if you don’t taste them? It’s wasteful and ultimately disappointing.
The actual texture of the drink is very pleasant; it’s creamy and smooth, which is somewhat unusual and unexpected given its alcoholic base of vodka. For a drink with this kind of velvety texture you would normally use rum or liqueurs as the base ingredient but for some reason vodka works a treat in this recipe, so at least it has that in its favour.
However, it doesn’t matter how nice the drink feels if it doesn’t really taste of anything. This drink doesn’t offend, but neither does it excite or, hell, even really interest. It’s not a bad drink per se, but I would recommend picking a different one.
♦ 1 ounce vodka
♦ ½ ounce Chambord
♦ ½ ounce melon liqueur
♦ 1 ounce pineapple juice
♦ ¼ ounce cranberry juice
Shake all the ingredients together with ice and then strain into a chilled martini glass.