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A screwdriver is definitely one of the easier vodka cocktail recipes everyone should know, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get a bit stale after a while. There are a few ways to improve on the recipe.
Here are a few different takes on the screwdriver. You be the judge on which ones add to the experience, and which ones might take away from it.
Use freshly squeezed orange juice.
The first suggestion might seem like more common sense than anything else, but that’s not always the case. Most people go with store bought OJ when making this drink. If you find yourself getting bored with screwdrivers and are too lazy to make yourself anything else, maybe going with some all natural, hand-squeezed orange juice could be the way to go. You may have to make that yourself, but in the end, it's probably worth the effort. At Bacchus, one slow afternoon, ask the bartender for some fresh squeezed OJ in your cocktail -revel in the taste.
Use flavored vodka.
Flavored vodka is also another way to make your screwdriver a little better. The extra flavor added to the vodka could also help offset the mundane taste of a screwdriver. Something like Ketel One Grapefruit or Peach Ciroc could bode well for your overall drinking experience.
Mix in other juices.
Although purists contend adding another juice disqualifies the beverage from being a “screwdriver,” for all intents and purposes, let‘s just roll with it. Again, it's a freaking two ingredient drink, so would it really be the end of the world if you added a tiny splash of cranberry or grapefruit juice. The short answer: no.
Use a tasty vodka.
If none of the above seem helpful, the last piece of advice for fellow vodka drinkers is to use higher end stuff. Opting for the smooth taste of Tito’s not only makes for an excellent drink. It’s not necessarily rocket science, but it's one of the different takes on screwdriver cocktails that can really resonate with a true vodka drinker.
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How did the screwdriver get it’s name? The story may seem trivial, but decades ago, American oil workers in the Persian Gulf discreetly added vodka to their orange juice while on the job. Lacking a spoon, the workers decided to stir the drink with a screwdriver. Voilá!