Screwdriver (cocktail)

Screwdriver (cocktail)
IBA Official Cocktail
Type Cocktail
Primary alcohol by volume
Served On the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnish

orange slice

Standard drinkware
Highball Glass (Tumbler).svg
Highball glass
IBA specified ingredients*
Preparation Mix in a highball glass with ice. Garnish and serve.
* Screwdriver recipe at International Bartenders Association

A screwdriver is a popular highball drink made with fresh orange juice and vodka. Outside the US, it is often referred to as "vodka and orange". While the basic drink is simply the two ingredients, there are many variations, many of these with multiple names, that can be found all over the world.



The earliest written reference to the screwdriver is from the October 24, 1949, issue of Time:

"In the dimly lighted bar of the sleek Park Hotel, Turkish intelligence agents mingle with American engineers and Balkan refugees, drinking the latest Yankee concoction of vodka and orange juice, called a 'screwdriver'."[1]

The drink reportedly got its name because American petroleum engineers in Saudi Arabia secretly added vodka to small cans of orange juice and stirred the mixture with their screwdrivers.[2]


  • The 'Persian screwdriver', mix one can of frozen orange juice concentrate with one handle of vodka.
  • The 'poor man's screwdriver'[citation needed] is one part vodka, and two parts orange drink mix, such as SunnyD.
  • Replacing the flat orange juice with a carbonated orange drink such as Orangina produces a cocktail known as a Hi-Fi.
  • A Screwdriver in which Tang is substituted for the orange juice is known as a "fuzzy cosmonaut" or a "Tang banger".
  • To make the beverage more palatable a sweet liquor is often added such as Amaretto. This is often referred to as a Samerreto.
  • The well known Harvey Wallbanger cocktail is a screwdriver with a splash of Galliano floated on top.
  • In some cases, sloe gin is added as part of the drink. It is referred to as a "sloe screw", or if in a tall glass, a "long sloe screw", used as a pun on sexual intercourse. Adding Southern Comfort to this creates a "sloe comfortable screw", and Galliano (as in the Wallbanger) a "sloe screw against the wall".
  • Vodka, peach schnapps, and orange juice is a fuzzy screw.
  • Replacing the orange juice with apple juice is known as the Anita Bryant, in reference to the boycott against the Florida Citrus Commission that started in 1978.
  • Vodka and prune juice make a piledriver.
  • A screwdriver with dark rum added is called a brass monkey.
  • An electric screwdriver is equal parts vodka and tequila with orange juice and energy drink.
  • A screw-up is a screwdriver with a splash of 7-UP on top.
  • A jackhammer uses whiskey in lieu of vodka.
  • A Screwdriver with equal parts vodka and Blue Curaçao is a Sonic Screwdriver.


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