Basic Space

Basic Space
Photo by Aaron Graubart

Courtesy Mary Bartlett, bartender, Honeycut/The Deep End, Los Angeles

Leave it to Honeycut, known for its ­Saturday Night Fever-styled light-up disco floor, to update one of the sauciest drinks of the ’70s: Sex on the Beach. This riff rolled out for the May debut of The Deep End, a lounge within Honeycut that nods to the “new escapism” and futuristic, forward-looking themes. At the bar, the drink is made with clarified juices and house-made Honeycut Citrus Soda. This home-­friendly version uses regular citrus juice: opt for fresh-squeezed, if possible.

  • 1½ ounces Grey Goose Le Citron Vodka
  • ½ ounce Giffard Crème de Pêche de Vigne Liqueur
  • 1¼ ounces organic cranberry juice
  • 1 ounce orange juice
  • ¼ ounce lemon juice
  • ½ ounce brewed hibiscus tea, cooled
  • Orange slice (for garnish)

In a cocktail shaker, combine first five ingredients with 1 ice cube. Shake well, and strain into a Collins glass over crushed ice. Invert a spoon over the glass, and gently pour the tea over the backside to “float” atop of the drink. Garnish with an orange slice, and serve with a straw. (Garnish note: Honeycut peels away about ¼ of the orange rind, then perches it on the edge of the glass with the fruit facing away from the glass.)

Published on August 9, 2016
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Kara Newman 
Spirits Editor

Kara Newman reviews spirits and writes about spirits and cocktail trends for Wine Enthusiast. She’s the author of several cocktail books, including Shake.Stir.Sip., NIGHTCAP: More than 40 Cocktails to Close Out Any Evening and Cocktails With a Twist, released August 2019. Email:

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