This is a classic cocktail that gained popularity in the 1940s, and while most people have heard of it, it’s astonishing how many don’t actually know what goes into a Screwdriver drink. It couldn’t be simpler – Vodka and orange juice.
That being said, there are many ways to improve on the simple recipe for a screwdriver. The one we’re about to show you is the classic, but here are some other variations you may want sample:
A Slow Screw: Sloe Gin and orange juice.
A Slow Comfortable Screw: Sloe Gin, Southern Comfort and orange Juice
A Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against the Wall: Sloe Gin, Sothern Comfort, Galliano and orange juice.
A Sonic Screw: Vanilla Vodka, Blue Curacao and lemon-lime soda
Truman Capote called the Screwdriver “my orange drink”, and he apparently imbibed a fair number while writing In Cold Blood. The drink is reminiscent of an era in which men still wore fedoras and women drank theirs with an added touch of soda water.
The Screwdriver is listed as one of the “unforgettables” on the International Bartender’s Association list of official cocktails.
In any event, let’s start with the basics.
- 45ml Absolut Vodka
- Orange Juice (fresh-squeezed is even better)
- Orange slice
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Pour in the Vodka.
- Top off your glass with orange juice.
- Garnish with a slice of orange.
- Highball glass