parts orange juice, freshly squeezed
- Pour ingredients over ice in a glass.
- Stir, then garnish with an orange slice.
Life, man. It's going by fast. But in this whirlwind of change and growth and personal development, there remains one constant: vodka and orange juice will never not be good together. You got messed up on it when there was nothing else to drink but plastic handles of Skol and orange stuff so concentrated it was neon. It set you right, when you wanted a slug of freshly squeezed OJ to mask the burn of the clear stuff. Vodka and orange juice is the kind of pairing that lasted you from misguided bouts of college day-drinking to classier brunch affairs with stuffy in-laws.
That's to say, the Screwdriver is eternal. And making it is as easy as unscrewing two bottle caps. For flair, drape orange rinds over the rim like the artist you are, or add a maraschino cherry. Whatever moves you.
A Little Background
There's no way to know for sure who officially invented the Screwdriver. For example, claims men working on oil rigs in the Persian Gulf drank it, using their screwdrivers to mix it up in lieu of spoons. Another pegs it to American aviators. But honestly, there were probably plenty of people who had the genius idea to mask the taste of bad vodka with orange juice long before we were all calling it a Screwdriver.
If You Like This, Try These
If you are low on vodka rations but stocked with tequila, then the obvious choice is to make a Tequila Sunrise. Of all the orange juice cocktails, it's the funkiest (but still hardly funky at all). More reserved is the Mimosa, with champagne and OJ. Branching into other vodka-and-fruit-juice drinks that are often enjoyed in the morning, there's the Greyhound, with grapefruit juice; the Cape Codder, with cranberry juice; and the Bloody Mary, with tomato juice. In other words, if there is a fruit juice, there is also a vodka cocktail to match.
What You Need
Here’s what you need to do a Screwdriver justice, beyond what you might be able to dig out of the fridge or cupboard.