Juicy Screw Cocktail Recipe

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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 16, 2024


The Juicy Screw cocktail is a vibrant twist on the classic Screwdriver. It's a favorite among those who enjoy a fruity punch with their vodka.

  • Origins The Screwdriver has been around since at least the 1940s, and this variation adds a watermelon twist.
  • Popularity It gained popularity in beach bars and tropical resorts, where refreshing and fruity cocktails are in high demand.
  • Audience Perfect for those who appreciate a sweet and refreshing drink on a hot day.

How Juicy Screw Tastes?

The Juicy Screw is a delightful blend of sweet and tangy flavors, with a refreshing citrus kick from the orange juice and a playful watermelon hint from the schnapps. The vodka provides a smooth, strong backbone without overpowering the fruitiness.

Interesting facts about Juicy Screw

  • The Juicy Screw is often served at summer parties and is a popular choice for poolside sipping.
  • The watermelon ice cubes not only chill the drink but also add a gradual infusion of flavor as they melt.
  • This cocktail can be easily customized with different fruit schnapps or juices to suit personal preferences.


A few good options for Juicy Screw are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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A few good options for Juicy Screw are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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Pinnacle Original Vodka

Vodka is the spine of many cocktails; it provides an alcoholic base without overpowering other flavors. In the Juicy Screw, 1 oz keeps the drink balanced — not too boozy, not too tame. Without it, you'd just have a fancy fruit juice. Swap it for a flavored vodka, and you're steering towards a whole new flavor adventure.

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DeKuyper Pucker Watermelon Schnapps

The schnapps brings in a burst of watermelon sweetness, tying in with the summer vibe. Too much, and you risk cavities — too little, and the watermelon whisper might go unheard. Substitute it with peach schnapps for a "Peachy Screw" vibe.

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Orange Juice

It's like the sun in a glass – bright, invigorating, and a classic pair with vodka. 3 oz is just right to smooth out the edges and enhance the fruit melody. Use less and the cocktail might turn too sharp; more, and it's breakfast juice. Blood orange juice could add a stunning twist and a hint of tartness.

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Soda Water

This is the fizz that lifts everything up like a good joke in a conversation. Just a splash makes the drink lively, and without it, the cocktail may fall flat. Sparkling wine could be a fancy substitute, jazzing up the Juicy Screw for a special occasion!

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Watermelon Puree Ice Cubes

Why regular ice when you can have watermelon ice? It's the silent hero, chilling the drink and infusing more flavor as it melts. Forget them, and you'll lose that extra watermelon punch. No puree? Regular ice works fine but embrace the mellow melon magic that could have been.

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Recipe. How to make Juicy Screw Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with watermelon puree ice cubes.
  2. Pour 1 oz of Pinnacle Original Vodka over the ice.
  3. Add 1 oz of DeKuyper Pucker Watermelon Schnapps.
  4. Top with 3 oz of fresh orange juice.
  5. Add a splash of soda water for a bit of fizz.
  6. Stir gently to mix the ingredients.
  7. Garnish with a slice of watermelon or an orange wheel if desired.

Pro Tips

  • For an extra touch of elegance, rim the glass with sugar or a mix of sugar and finely crushed watermelon.
  • Chill the vodka and schnapps before use to keep the drink colder for longer without diluting it too quickly.
  • Serve with a long straw to enjoy the layers of flavor as you sip.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled shrimp: The sweetness of the shrimp complements the watermelon and citrus flavors.
  • Cheese platter: Mild cheeses like mozzarella or feta can enhance the cocktail's crispness without overpowering the flavors.

Main Courses

  • Summer salads: Fresh, green salads with fruits like peach or apple pair wonderfully with the fruity and refreshing attributes of the Juicy Screw.
  • Grilled chicken: A lightly seasoned grilled chicken breast would pair nicely with the cocktail's refreshing qualities.


  • Lemon sorbet: A zesty lemon sorbet can provide a good balance to the sweetness of this drink.
  • Fruit tarts: The buttery crust and the tartness of fruits complement the Juicy Screw's profile.

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What you could change in Juicy Screw

  • Vodka: Any high-quality vodka can be used in place of Pinnacle Original.
  • Watermelon Schnapps: If unavailable, watermelon liqueur or even a melon liqueur can be a suitable substitute.
  • Orange Juice: Freshly squeezed is best, but any good quality store-bought orange juice will do.

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Spicy Screw

  • Substitute the vodka with jalapeño-infused vodka.
  • Add a dash of hot sauce.
  • Garnish with a spicy rim of chili-salt.
  • The taste will change to a playful dance between sweet, citrusy, and smoky-spicy. For those who want their summer to have a bit of a kick!

Herbal Screw

  • Add a few basil leaves to the shaker.
  • Swap the soda water with tonic water for an herbal tint.
  • Place a sprig of rosemary as a fancy garnish.
  • The flavor takes on an aromatic, herbal complexity appealing to a more savory palate.

Berry Screw

  • Use raspberry puree ice cubes instead of watermelon.
  • Mix in a splash of Chambord raspberry liqueur along with the other spirits.
  • Top it with a few fresh raspberries and maybe a sprig of mint.
  • You'll sip on a berry-licious variation that's tart, sweet, and bursting with berry flavors, perfect for a late spring fling!

In case you forgot basics how to make Juicy Screw

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 Juicy Screw

Can the Juicy Screw be made into a non-alcoholic version?

Yes, you can substitute the vodka and watermelon schnapps with non-alcoholic alternatives or simply increase the amounts of orange juice and soda water for a refreshing mocktail.

What type of glass is best suited for serving a Juicy Screw?

A highball glass is typically used for serving the Juicy Screw, providing enough space for ice and the perfect proportion of mixer to alcohol.

How can I make watermelon puree ice cubes?

To make watermelon puree ice cubes, blend fresh watermelon until smooth, pour the puree into an ice cube tray, and freeze until solid.

Is there a specific time of year when the Juicy Screw cocktail is most popular?

The Juicy Screw cocktail is popular during the summer months, as its refreshing taste is ideal for hot weather and outdoor gatherings.

What are some common mistakes to avoid when making a Juicy Screw?

Avoid overmixing which can dilute the flavors, using poor quality ingredients, and adding too much soda water that can overpower the delicate balance of the fruit flavors.

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