Calories: 98kcal
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
The Screwdriver is a timeless cocktail that has earned its status as an official cocktail of the International Bartender Association. While the exact origin of the Screwdriver is debated, it has been mentioned in literature as early as 1949, during the rise of vodka's popularity in the United States.
There are a few stories surrounding the drink's origin. Some credit American aviators for popularizing the Screwdriver, while others claim it gained popularity among American oil workers in the Persian Gulf, who allegedly mixed vodka with orange juice and used a screwdriver to stir it when a spoon was unavailable. Although these origin stories may be questionable, it's easy to imagine this simple two-ingredient beverage being created independently in various places around the same time. After all, the concept of mixing fruit juice with a spirit was not new, considering the popularity of the Mimosa with sparkling wine and orange juice.
The beauty of the Screwdriver lies in its simplicity and its role as a morning eye-opener. Combining vodka and orange juice in a highball glass requires minimal effort and creates a versatile base for experimentation. This simplicity has paved the way for other cocktails like the Harvey Wallbanger and Fuzzy Navel, which build upon the Screwdriver's foundation.
Next time you're hosting a brunch or in need of a refreshing pick-me-up, try this classic version of the Screwdriver. Rediscover why this cocktail has become an essential part of any cocktail drinker's repertoire and enjoy its easy-drinking appeal.



  • Fill a highball glass with ice, then add the vodka.
  • Top with the orange juice.

Estimated Nutrition:

Calories: 98kcal (5%)Sodium: 0.4mgPotassium: 0.4mg
CourseBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks
CuisineBeverage, Cocktail, Drinks