What started out as planning signature drinks for a wedding reception (Ryan’s and my upcoming nuptial) turned into what may be a discovery of a novel cocktail drink. The story begins with Ryan’s mother, Nancy, asking us if we already know of websites that provide guides on cocktails and also suggesting beach-themed drinks because of our wedding’s oceanside theme. We answered that we were already familiar with such sites, and also mentioned that one favorite drink that I already thought of using is coincidentally beach-themed, and was glad she didn’t suggest Sex on the Beach for our drink list. Nothing wrong with the cocktail other than it’s overplayed at beach settings, like Mai Tai I supposed.
I think perhaps Nancy thought I had something against the cocktail name so replied with, “How about Love on the Beach?” I found it particularly cute and decided why not modify the ingredients of Sex on the Beach then call it Love on the Beach, and include the new cocktail in our list of signature drinks. I checked both Bing and Google to see if there were such a cocktail and the results lead to Sex on the Beach cocktails, or to something else NSFW and not drink-related at all. No, I’m not providing the NSFW links. Do your own searching.
Woothoot, as of now, there’s no related results for Love on the beach cocktail! What luck! In that case then… hey there world, I claim invention to this drink! Of course if there’s someone out there who has concrete proof that they invented it first, then be my guest as it’d be nice to know.
So with my favorite cocktail Sea Breeze already on our signature drinks menu and Sex on the Beach having ingredients similar to Sea Breeze, I figure altering the ingredients of Sex on the Beach would be a good approach.
Sea Breeze (original recipe)
Sex on the Beach (original recipe)
Love on the Beach (recipe by Chronic Cravings)
I chose midori (a melon liqueur) to replace peach schnapps due to similar notes one can easily detect in melons and peaches. Thank you, ketones and aldehydes. Thank you, chemistry.
Nancy then asked if we’d consider passion fruit flavored vodka to replace the plain vodka for Sea Breeze and Love on the Beach. I declined the suggestion for Sea Breeze because I like my favorite cocktail drink as is.
Call me a purist.
However, since there’s no standard recipe for Love on the Beach, I wouldn’t mind testing different vodkas for the recipe. And so here it goes…
Love on the Beach VI
(recipe by Chronic Cravings)
Using the passion fruit vodka was a creative idea but unfortunately the flavored liquor was overpowering; it’s almost like drinking floral perfume. I couldn’t even get a hint of the Midori. The most flavorful and equally-balanced one was actually Love on the Beach V.
As you can see in the recipe for Love on the Beach VI, we used mango juice and plain vodka instead of mango-flavored vodka. Not sure if that’s more or less economic, but flavor-wise, it’d have less of an alcohol kick (due to being diluted by the three juices) and more mango flavoring which would complement the melon liqueur and orange juice plus provide a flavor contrast to the cranberry juice. Mmm, I’m thinking yum!
Happy spring and please remember to drink responsibly!