The Screwdriver is cocktail number 66 on the Swank Cocktail Guide.
Screwdriver cocktail history
According to The Oxford Companion to Spirits and Cocktails, the Screwdriver cocktail dates back to World War II, with the name first used in Ankara, Turkey in 1943. Other folklore says the drink is called a screwdriver because crews on oil rigs added vodka to their orange juice and used the tool at hand, a screwdriver, to mix the drink.
Whatever and wherever the origin, for many of us, a Screwdriver, or vodka and orange, was probably one of our first cocktails.
Screwdriver cocktail recipe
Place in highball glass, 2 ice cubes, 1 jigger Vodka. Fill with fresh Orange juice and garnish with Cherry and fruit desired.
- Tito’s Vodka
- Fresh-squeezed orange juice
Screwdriver cocktail review
Our ratings (1-5 🍸)
We debated whether you could give such a simple cocktail 5 🍸 – basically just tastes like orange juice. I used eight oranges and 20 minutes to squeeze the juice; my argument being it might not be complex, but it took some effort. So, the 🍸🍸🍸🍸🍸 is completely tied to the orange juice. If the Screwdriver had been made with grocery store carton juice, it would have been a lower rating.
Next up… Cocktail # 67, Shamrock