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Variations on the Screwdriver

By Farfalle | The Noodle | 28 Dec 2022

The Screwdriver is a classic cocktail of orange juice and vodka. Typically 2 parts OJ, 1 part vodka, and some optional ice. It's not a very exciting drink, and usually abandoned after college when one gets a taste for other spirits. I've encountered a few different mixtures though, which, I think deserve to be written down. Vodka brands are just what I had at the time. Feel free to use whatever brand you like.

The Original Screw Driver

  • 1 part Vodka
  • 2 parts Orange Juice
  • Ice


The Student Driver - I learned this one from a dropout (Naming credit is his) who succeeded in getting himself so inebriated he put his hand through a glass window, passed out, and had to get his stomach pumped. He drank the Sunny D and filled the negative space in the bottle with vodka. WARNING: That's how one gets a big hospital bill. For non-US readers, Sunny D is a sugary, orange-flavored kids drink.

  • 1 part Vodka (Orloff)
  • 2 parts Sunny D
  • Ice optional


The Limo Driver - Dare I say the classy version? If you can't get Orangina near you, any carbonated orange drink (that contains a little real orange juice) will suffice. This one was my own creation. My first time I used the technique described above, drinking the Orangina and filling the negative space with vodka. Yup, I got sick. Please learn from my (and friends) mistakes.

  • 1 part Vodka (Belvedere)
  • 2 parts Orangina
  • Orange Zest
  • Chilled, no ice


The Drill/Driver Combo - Health benefits have not been studied! In place of Emergen-C, any high vitamin C, immunity boosting supplement will do. I.E. Airborn.

  • 1 part Vodka (Smirnoff)
  • 1 packet Emergen-C (orange flavor)
  • 3 parts Water (room temperature)


The Burr Hole - To my knowledge no one has made this, and I don't recommend that they do. Some creative endeavors like this are best left to the imagination.

  • 3 parts Crushed Orange Juice Concentrate
  • 1 part Moonshine
  • 1 part Water


The Phillips - Do you really like vodka? Well, here is the recipe for you to have a good sip.

  • Splash Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
  • 2 shots Vodka (Absolut)
  • Over Ice


Have other variations or better names? Drop it the in the comments! Who doesn't like a good list?

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