Drink Recipe:: Screwdriver

by Negronis Greg

Today I'm going to talk about a classic cocktail that's perfect for those hot summer days - the Screwdriver. This drink is a simple yet delicious combination of vodka and orange juice that's easy to make and refreshing to drink. So let's get started with the origins of this classic cocktail.

Origin Story: The Screwdriver is believed to have originated in the 1940s or 50s, and its exact origin is still a topic of debate. Some sources say that American oil workers in the Persian Gulf would mix orange juice and vodka using their screwdrivers, hence the name "Screwdriver." Others claim that the drink was first made popular by American pilots during World War II, who mixed vodka with their orange juice to mask the taste of the alcohol. Regardless of its true origins, the Screwdriver remains a popular drink around the world.


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 4-6 oz orange juice
  • Ice
  • Orange slice (optional, for garnish)


  1. Fill a glass with ice.
  2. Pour the vodka over the ice.
  3. Add the orange juice and stir gently.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice, if desired.

Best Makers: There's no one person or place that's known for making the best Screwdriver, as it's such a simple drink that can be made well by anyone who knows how to mix a good cocktail. However, many bartenders and mixologists like to get creative with the basic recipe, adding in additional flavors such as pineapple juice or bitters to create their own unique twist on the classic Screwdriver.

Personal Opinions and Pairings: I love a good Screwdriver, especially during the summer months when I'm looking for something light and refreshing. The orange juice adds a nice sweetness to the vodka, making it an easy drink to sip on all afternoon. As for pairings, I think the Screwdriver goes well with a variety of brunch dishes such as eggs benedict or a classic bacon and eggs breakfast. It's also a great accompaniment to lighter fare like salads or grilled chicken.

So there you have it, folks - a brief history of the Screwdriver, the ingredients and recipe, and some personal opinions and pairing suggestions. Now go ahead and mix yourself up a glass, sit back, and enjoy the sunny day ahead!

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