Tropical 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 Tropical Screwdriver is a fun, fruity twist on the classic Screwdriver cocktail. Traditionally, a Screwdriver is a simple mix of vodka and orange juice. But the Tropical Screwdriver takes it to another level by adding in pineapple juice and a splash of grenadine for a sweet, tropical vibe. It's a favorite among those who enjoy fruity, refreshing cocktails and is perfect for summer parties or beachside sipping.

How Tropical Screwdriver Tastes?

The Tropical Screwdriver is a sweet, fruity cocktail with a strong citrus kick. The vodka provides a smooth, strong base, while the orange and pineapple juices add a refreshing, tropical sweetness. The grenadine gives it a slight tartness and a beautiful sunset color.

Interesting facts about Tropical Screwdriver

  • The Tropical Screwdriver is a variation of the classic Screwdriver cocktail.
  • It's a popular choice for summer parties and beachside sipping.
  • The addition of pineapple juice and grenadine gives it a sweet, tropical twist.


A few good options for Tropical Screwdriver are:

  • Khor Platinum
  • Absolut

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


The vodka is like the blank canvas of our tropical masterpiece. At 1.5 oz, it provides a robust alcohol base without overpowering the fruity melodies. Too little and your cocktail sings a lullaby rather than a tropical tune; too much and it's a typhoon in your glass! If vodka's not your jam, switch it up with white rum for a Pirate’s Screwdriver — yo-ho-ho and a bottle of fun!

Emma Rose

Orange Juice

Orange juice, oh the zesty sunshine! These 2 oz give you that classic Screwdriver vibe—a punch of citrus and vitamin C (to err... feel healthier). Skimp on it, and it's like a day at the beach without the sun. Swap it with blood orange juice for a twist with a blush!

Alex Green

Pineapple Juice

2 oz of pineapple juice brings the island feels — a touch of sweetness and tartness that'll make you wanna hula dance. Miss out on it, and it’s farewell to the tropics, aloha monotony! A dash of coconut water could make for a less sweet, more exotic version: the Castaway Screwdriver.

Mary Mitkina


A modest 0.5 oz of Grenadine is our sweet hello and brilliant sunset rolled into one. It adds color and a whiff of pomegranate charm. No Grenadine? The sun sets on your color parade, my friend. But hey, a splash of cherry syrup, and you've got a Cherry Blossom Screwdriver—still gorgeously red, but with a cherry on top!

Emma Rose

Recipe. How to make Tropical Screwdriver Drink

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour in the vodka.
  3. Add the orange juice and pineapple juice.
  4. Top with a splash of grenadine.
  5. Stir well and garnish with a slice of orange or a cherry.

Pro Tips

  • Use fresh orange and pineapple juice for the best flavor.
  • Don't overdo it with the grenadine - a little goes a long way.
  • Serve with a straw to mix the grenadine in as you drink.

Perfect Pairings


  • Grilled shrimp skewers: The sweetness and acidity of the cocktail pairs beautifully with the smoky and slightly charred flavors of grilled shrimp.
  • Chicken satay with peanut sauce: The citrus notes of the Tropical Screwdriver cut through the richness of the peanut sauce.

Main Courses

  • Hawaiian pizza: The pineapple in both the drink and the pizza create a harmonious match.
  • Fish tacos: The freshness of the fish and the tanginess of the slaw in the tacos complement the tropical flavors of the cocktail.


  • Coconut cream pie: The creamy texture and coconut flavor would be an excellent match with the tropical essence of the cocktail.
  • Lemon sorbet: A light and refreshing dessert that cleanses the palate between sips of the fruity cocktail.

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What you could change in Tropical Screwdriver

  • You can substitute the vodka with rum for a more tropical flavor.
  • If you don't have grenadine, you can use a splash of cranberry juice for a similar tartness and color.

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And of course - twists🍹

The Sunset Screwdriver

  • Ingredients: 1.5 oz coconut rum, 2 oz orange juice, 2 oz pineapple juice, 0.5 oz grenadine
  • Recipe: Instead of vodka, use coconut rum. Mix as usual and behold the tropical transformation. The coconut rum adds a creamy, nutty flavor that whispers 'I'm on vacation'!

The Spicy Screwdriver

  • Ingredients: 1.5 oz vodka, 2 oz orange juice, 1 oz pineapple juice, 0.5 oz jalapeño syrup
  • Recipe: Swap out half the pineapple juice for jalapeño syrup for a kick that'll zap you like a taser. Sweet, yet spicy—it's like your cocktail got a little sunburn.

The Berry Island Screwdriver

  • Ingredients: 1.5 oz vodka, 1 oz orange juice, 2 oz mixed berry juice, 0.5 oz grenadine
  • Recipe: Swap out pineapple juice for mixed berry juice. You'll end up with a berry bonanza that'll do the samba on your taste buds, while still rocking that lovely red sunset look.

In case you forgot basics how to make Tropical 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 Tropical Screwdriver

What's the origin of the name Screwdriver?

The name Screwdriver is believed to come from oil workers in the Middle East in the mid-20th century who, lacking a cocktail spoon, would stir the drink with a screwdriver.

Can I add other fruits to the Tropical Screwdriver cocktail?

Yes, you can certainly customize the cocktail with different fruit juices like mango or passionfruit for a different flavor profile.

What is the difference between a Tropical Screwdriver and a Sex on the Beach cocktail?

Both cocktails contain vodka and orange juice. However, Sex on the Beach also includes peach schnapps and cranberry juice.

What type of vodka is best to use for a Tropical Screwdriver?

A plain, high-quality vodka is recommended for this cocktail as it allows the tropical flavors to shine.

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