The Screwdriver cocktail is truly the easiest one you to make. No technique required, no bar tools needed, and no special ingredients to worry about. It’s a highball drink with only two ingredients: vodka and orange juice. It doesn’t get easier than that, however, there is something you can do to improve it. Freshly squeezed orange juice is one, and keep in mind, it’s not the place for fancy and expensive vodkas. It’s a simple drink often ordered at brunch, or as an eye-opener first thing in the morning, the same way you would drink Bloody Mary.
The drink was first mentioned back in a 1944 Newsweek article, and in a 1949 Time article which was about the time vodka was gaining popularity in the US. There are a couple of theories about the origin of the cocktail, one of which points to American aviators inventing it. Another claims that American oil workers in the Persian Gulf would secretly put vodka into their OJ, and because there weren’t any spoons around, they stirred the drink with a screwdriver, hence the name. Unfortunately, we can’t know for sure how or when was the drink invented, since there were probably many people all over the world, who mixed their bad vodka with orange. And let’s not forget, the Mimosa (champagne and orange juice) was already a thing for a couple of decades, and swapping the sparkling wine with vodka is not that far of a stretch.
- 2 Ounces (60 ml) of vodka. (Absolute would be a wonderful choice).
- 5 Ounces (150 ml) of freshly squeezed orange juice. You can always change that to your taste.
- Orange slice.
How to make the Screwdriver cocktail:
- Get a highball glass and fill it with ice.
- Pour the vodka, followed by orange juice. You can also top with a bit of soda for a lighter drink.
- Stir and garnish with a fresh slice of orange.
- Done. Easy.