Screwdriver (cocktail)

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Screwdriver
IBA Official Cocktail
Screwdriver, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, Birmingham AL.jpg
Screwdriver at the
Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
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 alcoholic highball drink made with orange juice and vodka. While the basic drink is simply the two ingredients, there are many variations; the most common one is made with one part vodka, one part of any kind of orange soda, and one part of orange juice. Many of the variations have different names in different parts of the world. The International Bartender Association has designated this cocktail as an IBA Official Cocktail.

History[edit]

This drink appears in literature as early as 1938 "And answered it "The famous Smirnoff Screwdriver", Just pour a jigger of smirnoff vodka over ice cubes, fill glass with orange juice and serve"[1] Then later it is claimed that this drink was invented by American aviators "A Screwdriver —a half-orange-juice and half-vodka drink popularized by interned American aviators—costs a dollar including the customary barman's tip." [2][3]

A 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'.[4]

Variations[edit]

A screwdriver with two parts of Sloe Gin, one part of Southern Comfort and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw".[5]

A screwdriver with one part of Sloe Gin, one part of Southern Comfort and one part Galliano and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall".[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Journalism quarterly: Volume 44 in 1938
  2. ^ Newsweek: Volume 23 in 1944
  3. ^ http://wiki.webtender.com/wiki/Screwdriver
  4. ^ "TURKEY: Wild West of the Middle East". Time. 24 October 1949. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Ray Foley, X-Rated Drinks: More Than 250 of the Hottest Drinks Ever Made, Bartender Magazine, p. 153.
  6. ^ Ray Foley, X-Rated Drinks: More Than 250 of the Hottest Drinks Ever Made, Bartender Magazine, p. 155.

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