The Basic Screwdriver

Orange juice is always a great way to kick-off game day in style! Not to mention what a great source of vitamin C!

The Basic Screwdriver, aka Vodka & Orange Juice

Compiled by Beth Anthony

The Screwdriver has been a popular cocktail for decades. Some say the standard mix is one part vodka to two parts orange juice. That may be a bit strong. My advice is when you’re serving Screwdrivers at a tailgate, don’t only offer a pre-mixed pitcher of the cocktail. Offer a pitcher of plain orange juice so your guests have an option. If you can get your hands on some fresh orange juice, this is the perfect time to use it. —Beth Anthony

Serves: 4

1.5–2 ounces vodka
5–6 ounces orange juice
Ice

Place vodka, orange juice and ice in a tall glass. Stir and serve.

The Muddled Screwdriver

Serves: 8

2 oranges
16 ounces vodka, chilled
5 cups orange juice, chilled
2 cup crushed ice for serving

Wash oranges and slice into 1/4-inch rounds. In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, muddle the orange slices, releasing the oil in the peel and the pulp from the rounds. Add the vodka, and mix. Then add the orange juice, and mix well.

Add crushed ice to 8 glasses. Pour in drink mixture, including orange rounds in each serving.

Colorado Screwdriver

Courtesy of KRÜ82 Vodka

Serves 1

1.5 ounces KRÜ82 Premium Vodka
4 ounces orange soda

Serve over ice, and garnish with a thin orange slice.

Some other versions of the Screwdriver

Dew Driver: 

Equal parts vodka and Mountain Dew

Rusty Screw: 

One part brandy and two parts orange juice

Sonic Screwdriver: 

Equal parts vanilla vodka and Blue Curaçao topped with lemon-lime soda

Mexican Screw: 

One part tequila and two parts orange juice

Left Handed Screwdriver: 

One part gin and two parts orange juice