I was on the hunt for an orange-colored drink this week, since it happens to be the Super Bowl and I decided to root for the Denver Broncos. I’m not a Broncos fan (go Steelers!) but I’ve always liked Peyton Manning, so why not?
I first attempted an Orange Crush concoction. It had vodka, triple sec, and orange soda, though I’ll admit I used Fanta. I know, scandalous! And to try and add the blue from the Bronco colors, I thought I’d float some Blue Curacao on top, which you can theoretically do by pouring slowly over the back of a spoon. Well, apparently I can’t pull of that technique, so it just mixed together and no longer looked orange or blue. Also, Greg took a sip and said it tasted like cold medicine, so neither of us could drink it after that. I scrapped it and started over.
I ended up going with a Sex on the Beach, since it’s also orange and I had all the ingredients on hand. Side note, so far I’ve learned that no matter how well you think you’ve stocked your bar, you are always going to find cocktail recipes that call for things you don’t have. I’m beginning to think that unless your home bar looks like a liquor store, you’re never fully prepared.
Sex on the Beach is a sweet, fruity drink that is honestly more suited for summer. And it’s VERY cold lately, being the middle of winter and all, but I just pretended I was at the beach…while watching football. It was a bit of a stretch.
Even though I failed miserably at my first attempt to float the Blue Curacao, I still thought it was a good idea, so I tried it again. I still failed miserably, but instead of mixing in like it had before, it just sank to the bottom. I ended up with a blue and orange drink so I’m callin’ it good!
Even though the ingredient you use the least is peach schnapps, this is actually a very peach-y drink as written. I really only added the Blue Curacao because of the color, but since it is an orange liqueur, it mellowed out the peach flavor a bit and was a good addition for Greg, who isn’t a big fan of peach.
Sex on the Beach
Ingredients (per drink)
1 1/2 oz vodka
1 1/2 oz cranberry juice
1 1/2 oz orange juice
3/4 oz peach schnapps
Garnish – orange slice
In an ice-filled cocktail shaker, add all ingredients except the garnish. Shake a lot, then serve over ice. Place an orange slice on the rim of the glass.
If you happen to be a Broncos fan, or have any other reason to make an orange and blue drink, add a splash of Blue Curacao. Maybe you’ll have better luck with the backwards spoon trick than me and can get it to float on top!