Sonic Screwdriver Cocktail Recipe

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Sonic Screwdriver Nutrition Facts

Calories:approx 250



Carbohydrates:approx 25g

Alcohol:approx 14%

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 16, 2024


The Sonic Screwdriver cocktail is a vibrant and refreshing drink that pays homage to the iconic tool used by the Doctor in the British sci-fi series, Doctor Who. It's a favorite among fans of the show and those who enjoy a sweet and citrusy beverage.

  • Inspiration: The drink's name and color are inspired by the Doctor's multipurpose tool, the Sonic Screwdriver.
  • Popularity: Gained traction in themed bars and during viewing parties for the show.
  • Audience: Perfect for sci-fi enthusiasts and those looking for a fun, themed cocktail experience.

How Sonic Screwdriver Tastes?

The Sonic Screwdriver is a tantalizing mix of sweet and tangy flavors, with a fruity blue curaçao base complemented by the crispness of vodka and the effervescence of Sprite. It's a light and refreshing drink with a playful edge.

Interesting facts about Sonic Screwdriver

  • The Sonic Screwdriver cocktail's blue hue is reminiscent of the TARDIS, the Doctor's time-traveling spaceship.
  • It's a popular choice for cosplay events and Doctor Who season premiere parties.
  • Despite its name, the cocktail has no mechanical abilities!


A few good options for Sonic Screwdriver are:

  • Khor Platinum
  • Absolut

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose

Blue Curaçao

This vibrant blue liqueur not only gives our Sonic Screwdriver its characteristic galaxy hue, but also a pleasant orange flavor that pairs nicely with the crisp vodka and Sprite. Without it, you'd lose the 'sonic' in your Screwdriver – it'd be like a TARDIS without its iconic blue. If you're out of blue curaçao, you could substitute it with triple sec and a drop of blue food coloring for a similar effect, though the color might not be as vibrant.

Alex Green


Why vodka? Because it's like the Doctor - versatile and able to blend with any situation (or mixers, in this case). Vodka adds the 'kick' without overpowering the other flavors. Too much of it, and you might end up in another time zone, too little, and your cocktail could feel underwhelming. If vodka's not your companion of choice, white rum could dance in seamlessly for a slightly sweeter edge.

Mary Mitkina


The fizz and sweetness of Sprite lift the spirits of the cocktail like a sonic-device lifts the spirits of an adventure-seeker. It's the carbonation and sugar that make the drink refreshing, bright, and mixable. A swap for another clear soda like 7-Up or club soda (with a touch of simple syrup) could work, but you might notice a slight change in the sweetness or sharpness profile.

Emma Rose

Ice cubes

Ice: the unsung hero. It chills, it dilutes, and it helps to balance the drink. Without it, you'd have a mixture that's too strong and warm – not exactly what you want while saving the universe. No ice? Well, you could serve it over frozen lemon or lime slices for a hint of extra citrus and a still-chill experience.

Alex Green

Recipe. How to make Sonic Screwdriver Drink

  1. Fill a 12 oz glass halfway with ice cubes.
  2. Pour 1.5 oz of blue curaçao over the ice.
  3. Add 1 oz of vodka to the glass.
  4. Top with 6 oz of Orange juice.
  5. Stir gently to mix the ingredients.
  6. Serve immediately and enjoy with your favorite companion.

Pro Tips

  • For an extra touch of Whovian flair, garnish with a small, edible silver ball to represent the Sonic Screwdriver's 'emitter'.
  • Chill the glass beforehand to keep the drink cooler for longer.
  • Use a cocktail stirrer that resembles the Sonic Screwdriver for an immersive experience.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Light Snacks: The refreshing nature of the Sonic Screwdriver makes it a perfect match for light snacks like popcorn, chips, or a citrusy ceviche.
  • Seafood: Try it with grilled shrimp or fish to complement the zesty and fruity notes of the cocktail.
  • Finger Foods: Mini sandwiches or savoury pastry bites are great to nibble on while sipping this vibrant drink.
  • Fruity Desserts: Blue curaçao echoes fruit flavors; pair it with a slice of lemon cheesecake or key lime pie for a delightful finish.

Drink Pairings

  • Water: Between sips of your cocktail, a glass of plain or sparkling water can cleanse the palate.
  • Iced Tea: Non-alcoholic and refreshing, a glass of iced tea with lemon complements the cocktail's citrus notes.

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What you could change in Sonic Screwdriver

  • Blue Curaçao: Can be substituted with blueberry syrup mixed with a touch of triple sec for non-alcoholic versions.
  • Vodka: Any clear vodka will do, but for a smoother taste, consider using a premium brand.
  • Sprite: Can be replaced with any lemon-lime soda, or even tonic water for a less sweet version.

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Galactic G&T

For a twist that brings a little juniper into the mix, simply switch out the vodka for gin. Add in a dash of tonic water for complexity:

  1. Replace vodka with 1 oz of gin.
  2. Add 2 oz of tonic water.
  3. Reduce Sprite to 4 oz. This will create a different dynamic, introducing botanicals without losing its otherworldly charm – perfect for when you feel a bit more Earthly but still want a taste of the cosmos.

Time Vortex Twist

Invoke the vortex by swirling in 0.5 oz of raspberry syrup before adding the Sprite. The red swirls mimic the time vortex:

  1. Add 0.5 oz of raspberry syrup over the ice before pouring blue curaçao.
  2. Follow the original recipe. The fruity twist will add a touch of tartness and sweetness, reminiscent of the unpredictability of time travel.

The Doctor's Delight

What if we went all out tropical? Introduce 1 oz of coconut cream for a creamier, dreamy concoction:

  1. Add 1 oz of coconut cream over the ice before pouring blue curaçao.
  2. Follow the original recipe. You'll get a drink that's as smooth and mysterious as the Doctor's own story, with an exotic twist that's sure to impress any companion.

In case you forgot basics how to make Sonic 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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Frequently Asked Questions on Sonic Screwdriver

What is the origin of blue curaçao?

Blue curaçao is a liqueur flavored with the dried peel of the Laraha citrus fruit, grown on the island of Curaçao in the Caribbean. Its distinctive blue color is achieved through the addition of food coloring.

Can the Sonic Screwdriver cocktail be made into a large batch for parties?

Yes, you can scale up the recipe and mix the ingredients in a punch bowl or large pitcher. Serve it over ice to keep it chilled.

Is there an optimal type of ice for cocktails?

Cubed ice is most commonly used for mixing drinks as it melts evenly. However, larger cubes or spheres melt slower and can reduce dilution in your drink.

How should I choose the right vodka for my cocktail?

Look for a vodka that is smooth and has a clean taste. Mid-range to premium brands will often provide a better base for your cocktails.

What are the benefits of stirring a cocktail versus shaking it?

Stirring a cocktail is a gentler technique that results in a clear and more elegantly layered drink, whereas shaking is better for combining ingredients quickly and thoroughly.

What could be some alternative names for this cocktail if I want to serve it at a non-themed party?

You might consider calling it 'Azure Breeze', 'Tropical Twister', or 'Electric Lemonade' to make it more universally appealing.

How can I make a non-alcoholic version of the Sonic Screwdriver?

Use a blueberry syrup or blue food coloring in place of blue curaçao and replace the vodka with additional Sprite or a clear soda water to maintain the fizz.

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