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Screwdriver Drink

close up shot of glasses of Screwdriver Drink garnished with slices of oranges and served with a straw
A simple and quick cocktail consisting of fresh orange juice, ice, and vodka, a screwdriver cocktail is a classic cocktail almost everyone will love!
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  1. SCREWDRIVER DRINK INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS SCREWDRIVER DRINK RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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This two-ingredient screwdriver drink recipe is perfect for a casual after-dinner cocktail. Not only is it smooth, but the OJ adds a delicious citrus twist that enhances the vodka’s taste in the best way.

Another one of our favorite cocktails is Mango Mojitos. Our Jello Shots are such fun for a party treat.

SCREWDRIVER DRINK INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 4 to 6 ounces orange juice
  • 1½ ounces vodka (1 shot)
  • 1 cup ice cubes

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

SALT: To assist in cutting the sharpness of the alcohol a little bit, you can add a pinch of salt to this vodka cocktail.

ORANGE JUICE: While it won’t be a screwdriver cocktail any longer, you can mix almost any fruit juice with vodka in equal proportions and it’s going to taste pretty darn good!

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HOW TO MAKE THIS SCREWDRIVER DRINK RECIPE

PRO TIP:

Screwdrivers are traditionally served over ice and often as a breakfast/brunch cocktail. You could shake with ice, chill the glass, and serve strained so there is no melted ice to water the drink down.

STEP ONE: Fill the glass with the desired amount of ice.

PRO TIP:

The quantity of orange juice will vary according to how much ice and the size of the glass used. For glasses larger than 8 ounces, you can add two shots of vodka.

STEP TWO: Add 1 shot of vodka. 

PRO TIP:

For the best flavor in this simple screwdriver, quality does matter. We recommend high-quality vodka such as Grey Goose, Smirnoff, or Tito’s.

STEP THREE: Fill the glass with orange juice.

STEP FOUR: Add an orange wedge or maraschino cherry for garnish. Serve immediately.

PRO TIP:

Serve this simple cocktail with a straw or drink mixer so the alcohol can be redistributed as it’s being consumed.

HOW TO SERVE

Screwdriver vodka cocktails are a popular choice for party drinks. Add these to your bartending menu along with our wine floats and pink Starburst cocktail. Don’t forget stuffed mushrooms and cucumber bites for appetizers to serve your guests.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: You can premake screwdriver cocktails or store them in the fridge for 3 to 4 weeks. However, a fresh screwdriver cocktail is always going to taste the best.

With a mix this delicious, you’ll find yourself craving a classic screwdriver cocktail at brunch, lunch, dinner… well let’s be honest – a screwdriver cocktail is a good idea at almost any time of the day. This drink is one of the simplest cocktails around and delicious to drink – just mix your favorite vodka with ice and orange juice!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What type of glass is best for this recipe?

You can use any glass you prefer for this popular drink but we tend to like to use a tall glass such as a highball glass or Collins glass for this easy cocktail.

Can I make this cocktail ahead of time?

This simple drink can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for three to four weeks.

Can I use a different juice in this drink?

While it wouldn’t be a classic screwdriver, you could use a different juice such as pineapple for a tropical spin.

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Screwdriver Drink

5 from 2 votes
A simple and quick cocktail consisting of fresh orange juice, ice, and vodka, a screwdriver cocktail is a classic cocktail almost everyone will love!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1

Ingredients
  

  • 4 to 6 ounces orange juice
  • ounces vodka 1 shot
  • 1 cup ice cubes

Instructions
 

  • Fill glass with ice.
  • Add 1 shot of high-quality vodka.
  • Pour orange juice to fill the glass.
  • Fill the glass with orange juice, add an orange slice or maraschino cherry for garnish. Serve immediately.

Notes

TIP: Screwdrivers are traditionally served over ice and often as a breakfast/brunch cocktail. You could shake with ice, chill the glass, and serve strained so there is no melted ice to water the drink down.
TIP: The quantity of orange juice will vary according to how much ice and the size of the glass used. For glasses larger than 8 ounces, you can add two shots of vodka.
TIP: For the best flavor in this simple screwdriver, quality does matter. We recommend high-quality vodka such as Grey Goose, Smirnoff, or Tito’s.
TIP: Serve this simple cocktail with a straw or drink mixer so the alcohol can be redistributed as it’s being consumed.

Nutrition

Calories: 149kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 227IU | Vitamin C: 57mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1mg
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