Pineapple Screwdriver Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:14

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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 7, 2024


The Pineapple Screwdriver is a tropical twist on the classic Screwdriver cocktail, which is traditionally made with vodka and orange juice. The Screwdriver has been a staple in bars around the world since the 1940s. The Pineapple Screwdriver, with its added pineapple juice, is a favorite among those who enjoy a fruity, refreshing cocktail. It's perfect for beach parties, summer barbecues, or any occasion where a touch of tropical flavor is desired.

How Pineapple Screwdriver Tastes?

The Pineapple Screwdriver is a sweet, tangy, and refreshing cocktail. The vodka provides a strong, smooth base, while the orange and pineapple juices add a tropical sweetness that's balanced by a slight tartness. The overall taste is fruity, vibrant, and slightly acidic.

Interesting facts about Pineapple Screwdriver

  • The Pineapple Screwdriver is a variation of the classic Screwdriver cocktail.
  • The addition of pineapple juice gives it a tropical twist.
  • It's a popular choice for summer parties and beach gatherings.


A few good options for Pineapple Screwdriver are:

  • Khor Platinum
  • Absolut

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  • Vodka (1.5 oz): The backbone of many classic cocktails, it adds a smooth, slightly warming alcohol base without overpowering the sweet juices. Not enough vodka, and your cocktail might taste like a juice box; too much, and it could become a boozy punch-in-the-gut. Alternative: You could substitute with coconut rum for a tropical twist, which would bring a sweet, nutty flavor to the party.

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Orange Juice

  • Orange Juice (3 oz): Adds a citrusy tang and a bit of tartness, balancing out the sweetness of the pineapple. It's also full of that morning sunshine vibe that'll make you feel like you're brunching in the tropics. Without it, you'd lose the 'screwdriver' part of the name, plus your cocktail would be missing some zesty charisma. Alternative: Try blood orange juice for a deeper color and a slightly berry-like taste.

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Pineapple Juice

  • Pineapple Juice (3 oz): The tropical belle of the ball, it brings a sweet, tangy flavor that screams vacation mode. It complements the orange juice's tartness, rounding out the cocktail. Skip it, and you're just left with a plain ol' screwdriver - no hula dancing vibes here. Alternative: Mango juice can be a nice changeup, offering a richer sweetness and a more velvety texture.

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Ice Cubes

  • Ice Cubes (As needed): They keep your drink chilly and refreshing, which is exactly what you want in a sunny cocktail. Without ice, your Pineapple Screwdriver might turn into a sad, lukewarm sipper. Nothing worse than a tepid tipple!

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Recipe. How to make Pineapple Screwdriver Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.
  2. Pour the vodka over the ice.
  3. Add the orange juice and pineapple juice.
  4. Stir well to mix the ingredients.
  5. Garnish with a slice of pineapple or an orange wheel, if desired.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh juices for the best flavor.
  • Chill your glass beforehand for a colder cocktail.
  • Adjust the ratio of vodka to juice to suit your taste.

Perfect Pairings


  • Cheese Platter: A selection of mild cheeses could complement the fruity sweetness of the cocktail without overpowering it.
  • Shrimp Cocktail: The sweetness of the shrimp would play nicely alongside the tropical vibe of the drink.

Main Courses

  • Grilled Chicken: A simple grilled chicken with a hint of lemon would be refreshing and balance the sweet notes of the Pineapple Screwdriver.
  • Fish Tacos: The citrus in the drink pairs well with zesty and light seafood dishes like fish tacos.


  • Lemon Sorbet: To cleanse the palate and match the citrusy sweetness of the cocktail.
  • Tropical Fruit Salad: To echo the fruity notes in the drink and provide a refreshing end to the meal.

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What you could change in Pineapple Screwdriver

  • You can substitute the vodka with rum for a more tropical flavor.
  • If you prefer a less sweet cocktail, you can reduce the amount of pineapple juice or add a splash of soda water.

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Tropical Thunder

  • Switch the vodka for coconut rum, add a splash of blue curaçao for vibrant color and a hint of orange flavor. The result? A Pineapple Screwdriver that packs a tropical storm's worth of flavor and a mesmerizing ocean hue. It's like sipping on a Caribbean lagoon!

Berry Breeze

  • Add 0.5 oz of raspberry liqueur to the mix and use blood orange juice instead of regular orange juice. You’ll get a Pineapple Screwdriver that’s blushing with berry flavors and sporting a sultry sunset color - perfect for an evening wind-down.

Spicy Spark

  • Infuse the vodka with jalapeños for a few days before use, and throw a dash of ginger beer on top of the finished cocktail. This Pineapple Screwdriver will give you a sweet start followed by an exciting kick of heat and spice, a fire dance for your taste buds.

In case you forgot basics how to make Pineapple 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.

Learn everything on how to stir

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 Pineapple Screwdriver

Why is it called a Screwdriver?

The name 'Screwdriver' is believed to have originated from oil workers in the Persian Gulf, who discreetly added vodka to their orange juice while on the job. Since they didn't have a spoon handy, they stirred their drink with a screwdriver.

What does pineapple juice add to the cocktail?

Pineapple juice gives the cocktail a tropical taste, contributing a sweet-yet-tart flavor and enhancing the overall drinking experience.

Can Pineapple Screwdriver be made as a mocktail?

Yes, Pineapple Screwdriver can be enjoyed as a mocktail by simply omitting the vodka and adding a bit more of the juices. This non-alcoholic version is equally refreshing and tasty.

What kind of glass is best suited for a Pineapple Screwdriver?

Pineapple Screwdriver is usually served in a highball glass. This is a tall glass that leaves enough room for the cocktail to be mixed, ice to be added, and still have enough space for the fruit garnish.

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