Screwdriver
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Screwdriver
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Rating

4.64 / 5
The Screwdriver is a classic, straightforward cocktail comprising vodka and orange juice. Traditionally served in a highball glass, this refreshing beverage is known for its simplicity and balance of sweet ... more The Screwdriver is a classic, straightforward cocktail comprising vodka and orange juice. Traditionally served in a highball glass, this refreshing beverage is known for its simplicity and balance of sweet and bright citrus flavors, which pair seamlessly with the neutral taste of the vodka. The origin of the Screwdriver is somewhat disputed, but it's frequently associated with American oil workers in the mid-20th century who might have used actual screwdrivers to stir their clandestine morning drink. It has since become a staple in the cocktail world, enjoyed widely for its easy-to-like taste and effortless preparation.
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(1938)
Base ingredient
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Vodka
Garnish
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Orange
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13.33% | 2 units *
Details
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Classic
Stirred

Highball glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
cl
50ml 1⅔oz 5cl
100ml 3.38oz 10cl

Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Screwdriver offers a delicious simplicity that belies its vibrant burst of flavor, marrying the crisp, clean essence of vodka with the lush sweetness of orange juice. This refreshing concoction shines in its balance, where the sharp bite of the spirit beautifully underscores the orange's sunny brightness, making it a perennially beloved choice for its uncomplicated yet satisfying taste profile.

Method
How to make a Screwdriver

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Stir together the vodka and orange juice directly in a highball glass with ice
Garnish with an orange slice and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Stir  ·  Highball  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Screwdriver cocktail?

The Screwdriver cocktail is believed to have originated in the mid-20th century. One popular story suggests that American oil workers in the Persian Gulf mixed vodka into their orange juice using their screwdrivers as stirrers, hence the name. However, its exact origins are somewhat murky, with mentions of the basic combination in literature predating this story.

FAQ

Can I use any type of orange juice for a Screwdriver?

Yes, you can use any type of orange juice, but the quality of the juice significantly affects the cocktail's taste. Freshly squeezed orange juice is highly recommended for the best flavor. Store-bought juice can also be used, but try to choose a brand that's as natural and pulp-free as possible to come close to the taste of fresh juice.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Screwdriver?

Yes, the non-alcoholic version of the Screwdriver is commonly called an 'Orange Driver' or sometimes just 'Virgin Screwdriver'. It omits the vodka and focuses on the fresh orange juice, often mixed with a bit of tonic water or lemon-lime soda to add the fizz that alcohol would usually give to the cocktail.

FAQ

Are there any popular variations of the Screwdriver cocktail?

Certainly! One of the most popular variations is the 'Screwdriver Mimosa', which mixes equal parts of orange juice, vodka, and champagne. Another variation is the 'Harvey Wallbanger', which adds a splash of Galliano, an Italian herbal liqueur. These variations add either a fizzy component or a herbal note, creating a different drinking experience.

FAQ

How do I properly serve a Screwdriver?

A Screwdriver should be served cold. Fill a highball glass with ice, add 50ml of vodka, then top it off with 100ml of orange juice. Stir well to mix the ingredients. Garnishing with a slice of orange or a maraschino cherry is optional but can add to the presentation. Serving it immediately after preparation ensures the drink remains chilled and refreshing.

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