Screwdriver Cocktail Recipe

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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.

September 14, 2023


The Screwdriver cocktail is a classic drink with a simple yet satisfying combination of vodka and orange juice. It is believed to have originated in the 1940s when American oil workers in the Persian Gulf would secretly add vodka to their orange juice and stir it with a screwdriver, hence the name. Over the years, the Screwdriver has become a popular choice for those who enjoy a refreshing and easy-to-make cocktail.

How Screwdriver Tastes?

The Screwdriver cocktail offers a bright, citrusy, and slightly sweet flavor profile. The smoothness of the vodka is complemented by the tangy and refreshing taste of the orange juice, making it a well-balanced and easy-to-drink cocktail.

Interesting facts about Screwdriver

  • The Screwdriver is sometimes referred to as a 'Vodka and Orange' or simply 'V.O.'
  • The cocktail is often served as a brunch or breakfast drink, thanks to its refreshing and energizing citrus flavors.
  • The Screwdriver is considered a 'Highball' cocktail, which is a category of drinks that are made with a base spirit and a larger proportion of a non-alcoholic mixer.


  • Vodka: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Orange juice: 4 oz(120ml)
  • Ice: As needed
  • Orange slice: 1
  • Garnish: 1 Maraschino Cherry

A few good options for Screwdriver are:

  • Khor Platinum
  • Absolut

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Recipe. How to make Screwdriver Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour 2 oz of vodka over the ice.
  3. Top with 4 oz of orange juice and stir gently to combine.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh orange juice for a more vibrant and refreshing flavor.
  • Chill your vodka before using it to keep your cocktail cold longer.
  • Stir gently to combine the ingredients without diluting the drink.

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What you could change in Screwdriver

  • Vodka: You can substitute it with gin or tequila for a different flavor profile.
  • Orange Juice: Grapefruit juice or pineapple juice can be used as an alternative.
  • Garnish: Lemon slice or a cherry can be used instead of an orange slice.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Screwdriver

Can you recommend a specific brand of vodka for making a Screwdriver cocktail?

The choice of vodka is entirely up to the bartender or drinker's preference. Some popular choices are Grey Goose, Smirnoff, and Absolut. Remember, better quality vodka will generally produce a smoother cocktail.

What is the alcohol content of a Screwdriver cocktail?

The alcohol content will vary depending on the exact proportions used. Many recipes recommend a ratio of one part vodka to two parts orange juice, which would result in a cocktail with approximately a 10-12% ABV (Alcohol By Volume).

What other cocktails can be made with vodka and orange juice?

There are numerous cocktails that use vodka and orange juice as ingredients, including the Fuzzy Navel (which adds peach schnapps), the Harvey Wallbanger (which includes Galliano), and Sex on the Beach (which adds cranberry juice and peach schnapps).

Do I always need an orange slice and maraschino cherry for garnish?

While the orange slice and cherry add a touch of color and flavor to the Screwdriver, they are also largely to add visual appeal. If you don't have these on hand, the cocktail will still be delicious.

Can I prepare a Screwdriver cocktail in advance?

Yes, you can prepare a Screwdriver in advance, just remember to add the ice just before serving to keep it cold and prevent dilution.

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Extra information to help you make 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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