5 cl of vodka
10 cl of orange juice
Screwdriver is one of the simplest cocktails in the entire history of mixed drinks: squeeze an orange and fortify it with a little bit of vodka and you’re done.
For a good, not too potent, not too light cocktail, they should be in a 1 (vodka) to 2(orange juice) ratio, so let’s say that adding 10 cl of orange juice to 5 cl of vodka it’s an excellent way to make peace with the world.
Keep this in mind during summer, when you’ll prepare bathtubs of Screwdriver to quench your thirst and take your daily dose of vitamin C.
One legend says that an American worker has given this name to a cocktail before known as vodka orange because he found nothing but a simple screwdriver for stirring it.
But legends aside, the Screwdriver is a phenomenal drink: fresh, sharp, with the right balance between sweetness and freshness, have the foresight of squeezing ripe oranges because the flavor is all in the fruit, being vodka virtually tasteless.
The reputation of the Screwdriver drink is due to the ease of preparation, but also to the many variants you can make of this cocktail: change the spirits, and it’ll become the XXX driver, so the Mexican Screw is made with tequila, American Screw with bourbon, French Screw is made, of course, with cognac and so on.
Screwdriver cocktail ingredients
- 5 cl of vodka
- 10 cl of orange juice
How to make the perfect Screwdriver cocktail
Squeeze the oranges and strain the juice. Pour vodka and the juice into a highball glass filled with ice, mix and decorate with a slice of orange. Screwdriver is the perfect cocktail to quench your thirst in summer, but it’s also great in winter when the oranges are sweet and juicy.
To make the perfect aperitif, prepare it in giant jugs where the ingredients will blend better. If you want to make a super tasty Screwdriver, add a couple of Angostura drops.
Screwdriver cocktail food pairings
Vodka gives an amazing body to the cocktail, heat, with the sweetness of the orange in the background. Do not hesitate to pair grilled fish, parmigiana ravioli, spaghetti with clams, chicken tikka masala, Chicken Cacciatore, Vitello Tonnato, truffle risotto, pasta alla carbonara, paella mixta.
If you like vodka cocktails, here are other recipes you may like: Vodka Sour, Espresso Martini, White Russian, Moscow Mule, Cosmopolitan, Vodka Tonic, Kamikaze, Sex on the beach, Bloody Mary, Caipiroska, Black Russian.