Wild Screw Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol content:~20%

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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 Wild Screw is a twist on the classic Screwdriver cocktail, which traditionally consists of vodka and orange juice. This version kicks it up a notch by adding a robust bourbon, specifically Wild Turkey, to the mix. The mango-flavored vodka adds a tropical twist, making it a favorite among those who enjoy a sweet yet potent drink.

  • Origins: The Screwdriver has been around since at least the 1940s, but the Wild Screw is a more recent innovation.
  • Popularity: It's particularly popular in bars that like to experiment with traditional cocktails.
  • Audience: This cocktail is for those who appreciate a strong, fruity drink with a unique blend of flavors.

How Wild Screw Tastes?

The Wild Screw offers a bold flavor profile with the warmth of bourbon, the sweetness of mango, and the citrus kick of orange juice. It's a harmonious blend that is both refreshing and assertive.

Interesting facts about Wild Screw

  • The Wild Screw can be considered a 'cousin' of the classic Screwdriver due to its vodka and orange juice base.
  • Mango-flavored vodka isn't traditional in classic cocktails, but it adds a modern, exotic twist.
  • Wild Turkey bourbon is known for its deep, spicy flavor, which gives the Wild Screw its distinctive character.


A few good options for Wild Screw are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

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Bourbon Wild Turkey

Using 1 oz Wild Turkey Bourbon brings a deep, rich, and slightly spicy profile to this cocktail. It's the foundation that gives 'Wild Screw' its kick and soul. A tad more and you shift from vibrant to dusky, a tad less and you might as well be drinking a fruity punch at a summer picnic. Without it, you lose the wild side, and it's just a screw. If bourbon ran out on your bar shelf, you could swap in another whiskey, but remember, that's like swapping a stallion for a thoroughbred—a different race entirely.

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Vodka Mango

The mango flavored vodka (1 oz) is that tropical breeze in your drink. It's what makes the 'Wild Screw' more than just another bourbon cocktail—it's a fun twist that shouldnizes the traditional aspect and brings in the party. Miss out on this and you're losing the exotic dancer in your flavor fiesta. As for alternatives, peach or pineapple flavored vodka could step in but prepare for a different kind of boogie on your palate.

Alex Green

Orange Juice

Orange juice (1.35 oz), Ah, the citrusy wave that makes everything play nice! It smoothens out the intensity of the bourbon while highlighting the vodka's mango melody. It's the perfect amount to blend the flavors without overpowering them—a little more, and it would be 'hide and seek' with the liquor, a little less, and the cocktail might feel like a desert needing an oasis. Leave it out, and you're stranding your taste buds on a bland beach. If you're feeling zesty, try swapping in pineapple or grapefruit juice for a different kind of tang.

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Recipe. How to make Wild Screw Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add the bourbon, mango-flavored vodka, and orange juice.
  3. Shake well until the outside of the shaker feels cold.
  4. Strain into a chilled highball glass filled with ice.
  5. Garnish with an orange slice or a twist.

Pro Tips

  • For a smoother drink, consider using freshly squeezed orange juice; it makes a noticeable difference.
  • Chill the glass beforehand to keep the cocktail colder for longer.
  • If you enjoy a less sweet drink, reduce the amount of mango vodka slightly.

Perfect Pairings


  • Spicy Grilled Shrimp: The sweetness of the mango and orange will contrast nicely with the spiciness of the shrimp.
  • Chicken Satay: The savory peanut sauce typically served with chicken satay pairs well with the fruit flavors and the smoky undertone of the bourbon.

Main Courses

  • Barbecue Pork Ribs: The sweet and tangy flavors of the cocktail complement the smokiness of the barbecue sauce.
  • Teriyaki Glazed Salmon: The fruity notes of the cocktail can help cut through the richness of the glaze.


  • Lemon Cheesecake: A citrus-forward dessert will echo the orange notes in the cocktail.

Non-Alcoholic Pairings

  • Sparkling Ginger Lemonade: For a non-alcoholic option that mimics the cocktail's kick and zest.

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What you could change in Wild Screw

  • If Wild Turkey bourbon is not available, another high-rye bourbon can be used for a similar spicy profile.
  • In the absence of mango-flavored vodka, regular vodka with a splash of mango syrup can be a substitute.

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Wild Screw on the Beach

  • Ingredients: Substitute peach schnapps for mango-flavored vodka.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe but replace the mango vodka with peach schnapps. The result should be a fruity concoction with a beachy vibe, reminiscent of the beloved 'Sex on the Beach' cocktail.
  • Flavor: Expect a peachy sunrise in a glass that accentuates the bourbon's earthiness.

Screwed-Up Ginger

  • Ingredients: Add a splash of ginger beer.
  • Recipe: After shaking the bourbon, mango vodka, and orange juice, pour it over ice and top with ginger beer. The ginger adds a spicy zing, turning the 'Wild Screw' into a drink with the feisty spirit of a Moscow Mule.
  • Flavor: The cocktail becomes a tropical storm with bold effervescence and a ginger kick.

Frozen Wild Screw

  • Ingredients: Blend with ice instead of shaking.
  • Recipe: Combine the bourbon, mango vodka, and orange juice in a blender with a scoop of ice. Blitz until smooth for a slushie-like experience.
  • Flavor: Now your 'Wild Screw' is a frozen adventure, softening the alcohol's hit and offering a refreshingly icy sip on a hot day.

In case you forgot basics how to make Wild Screw

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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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 Wild Screw

How long does it take to make a Wild Screw cocktail?

The preparation time for a Wild Screw cocktail is generally very quick, typically taking about 5 minutes or less to mix and serve.

What glassware is recommended for serving a Wild Screw?

A highball glass is the recommended glassware for serving a Wild Screw, allowing for ample room for ice and garnishes.

Can the Wild Screw cocktail be batch-prepared for parties?

Yes, the Wild Screw can be made in batches for parties. Simply multiply the ingredients by the number of desired servings and mix in a large pitcher or punch bowl.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Wild Screw?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version can be made by omitting the bourbon and mango-flavored vodka and substituting them with non-alcoholic spirits or additional mango and orange juice.

What are some common garnishes for the Wild Screw cocktail?

Common garnishes include orange slices, mango wedges, or cocktail cherries to complement the fruity flavors.

Can I use a different type of orange juice for the Wild Screw?

Yes, any variety of orange juice can be used, though freshly squeezed orange juice is recommended for the best taste.

How can I make my Wild Screw cocktail less sweet?

To make the cocktail less sweet, you can reduce the amount of mango-flavored vodka, or use a regular vodka instead for a more balanced taste.

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