How to Make a Screwdriver

Although it’s a simple cocktail, the screwdriver can be a refreshing start or end to a beautiful day.  Here’s how to make your own screwdriver properly. 


-Vodka:  you can use any variety of vodka you choose, but for a screwdriver, I prefer good value vodkas (vodkas that are inexpensive, but not cheap).  I like 360 Vodka (which I’ve found for as little as $17 per 750 ml bottle) and Sobieski Vodka, which retails for approximately $15-$18 for a 1.75 liter bottle.  I do not like to spend over $20 for a fifth of vodka—with so many good values, why should you?  To make a screwdriver, you should use straight vodka, not flavored vodka.

-Freshly squeezed orange juice.  You can use orange juice out of a container, but if you’re going to the trouble to impress people with this drink, you may as well take the time to squeeze your own orange juice.  3-4 oranges should be sufficient for each drink, and it doesn’t take that long.

-Orange slice (garnish)

1.  Make sure you start with your vodka in the freezer.  The colder your screwdriver, the less quickly you will melt the ice. 

2.  Fill a lowball glass with crushed ice. 

3.  Pour a straight shot (1 ½ ounces) of vodka into a lowball glass.

4.  Pour the orange juice into the lowball glass and mix with a spoon.

5.  Top your screwdriver with the orange wedge.

6.  Serve and enjoy!

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