Ginger Screwdriver Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:10%

Created by

Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Ginger Screwdriver is a modern twist on the classic Screwdriver cocktail. The original Screwdriver is a simple, yet popular cocktail made with just vodka and orange juice. The Ginger Screwdriver adds a spicy kick with the addition of ginger beer. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a sweet and spicy combination in their drinks.

How Ginger Screwdriver Tastes?

The Ginger Screwdriver is a sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy cocktail. The sweetness of the orange juice is balanced by the sharpness of the vodka, while the ginger beer adds a spicy kick that lingers on the palate.

Interesting facts about Ginger Screwdriver

  • The Ginger Screwdriver is a variation of the classic Screwdriver cocktail.
  • The addition of ginger beer gives this cocktail a unique spicy kick.
  • Despite its name, no screwdrivers are used in the making of this cocktail.


A few good options for Ginger Screwdriver are:

  • Khor Platinum
  • Absolut

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A few good options for Ginger Screwdriver are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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The backbone of many cocktails, vodka provides a solid alcohol base without an overpowering flavor, letting the other ingredients shine. It's like the quiet friend who supports you without stealing your thunder. If you opt for more vodka, prepare for a bolder kick; less, and the drink gets a tad too tame. If vodka isn’t your style, how about trying gin for a herbaceous twist?

Emma Rose

Orange Juice

Imagine vodka without orange juice; it's like Bert without Ernie, lonely and incomplete. Orange juice brings a citrusy sweetness that balances the booziness of the vodka. Too little, and the drink can become harsh; too much, and you might as well call it breakfast. A nifty alternative? Try grapefruit juice for a bittersweet twang.

Alex Green

Ginger Beer

Lastly, the ginger beer slams the door open with its bubbly spice, taking the drink from 'pleasant' to 'party in a glass' territory. Miss out on it, and you'll be sipping on something far less exciting—think a rollercoaster without the loop-the-loops. Craving variety? A splash of ginger ale offers a milder ginger bite while keeping things fizzy.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Ginger Screwdriver Drink

  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Pour the vodka and orange juice over the ice.
  3. Top with ginger beer.
  4. Stir gently to combine.
  5. Garnish with an orange slice.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh orange juice for the best flavor.
  • For an extra kick, add a slice of fresh ginger to the cocktail.

Perfect Pairings


  • Charcuterie Board: The earthy flavors from cured meats complement the zesty ginger and sweet orange juice.
  • Sushi Rolls: A fresh and clean pairing, the citrus cuts through the umami flavors in the sushi.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Pork Chops: The sweetness of the pork works well with the Ginger Screwdriver's brightness and effervescence.
  • Roasted Chicken: The natural sweetness of orange juice pairs beautifully with the caramelized skin of a roasted chicken.


  • Lemon Tart: The tanginess of the lemon amplifies the citrus notes in the cocktail.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling Water: To cleanse the palate between sips without overpowering the cocktail's flavor.

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What you could change in Ginger Screwdriver

  • Vodka can be substituted with gin for a different flavor profile.
  • If you don't have ginger beer, you can use ginger ale, but it will be less spicy.

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Spicy Ginger Screwdriver

  • Add a few dashes of hot sauce.
  • Incorporate a small pinch of cayenne pepper. This version will have a fiery kick that complements the zing of the ginger beer, perfect for those who like their drinks with a little heat!

Herbal Ginger Screwdriver

  • Replace vodka with gin.
  • Add a spring of rosemary. With gin and rosemary, the Herbal Ginger Screwdriver becomes an aromatic wonderland, delivering herbaceous punches alongside citrusy notes.

Tropical Ginger Screwdriver

  • Use coconut vodka or a splash of coconut water.
  • Add a dash of pineapple juice. Transport yourself to the beach with a tropical twist that plays with the balance of exotic fruit flavors and the cocktail’s intrinsic zest.

In case you forgot basics how to make Ginger Screwdriver

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Ginger Screwdriver

What types of vodka work best with this recipe?

Any type of vodka would work for this recipe, but a high-quality, smooth vodka would enhance the taste of the cocktail.

Can I make this cocktail non-alcoholic?

Yes, you can substitute the vodka with a non-alcoholic spirit or simply omit it. The drink will still have the zesty and spicy taste from the orange juice and ginger beer.

Why is it called a 'Screwdriver' cocktail?

The cocktail's name 'Screwdriver' is believed to be originated from the oil workers in the Persian Gulf who used to sneak vodka into their orange juice and mix it with their screwdrivers.

Is there any specific type of ginger beer I should use?

There isn't a specific type of ginger beer that you need to use. However, using a strong, spicy ginger beer would enhance the spiciness and depth of flavor in the cocktail.

Can I add other ingredients to customize this cocktail?

Yes, this cocktail is quite versatile. You can add other ingredients according to your preferences, such as a dash of lime juice for tanginess or a splash of cranberry juice for a fruity twist.

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