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Screw driver cocktail in a tall glass with orange slice and orange straw.

The Original Screwdriver Drink Recipe

  • Author: Kevin Mayfield
  • Prep Time: 3 Minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Cocktail 1x
  • Category: Classic Cocktails


The sweet and tasty classic Screwdriver cocktail is a brunch must-have! 



2 ounces vodka

4-6 ounces fresh-squeezed orange juice

2 bar spoons of simple syrup (optional)

3-4 dashes orange bitters (optional)

spritz of seltzer water (optional)


  1. Add a scoop of fresh ice to a highball cocktail glass.
  2. Pour in the vodka and orange juice.
  3. Stir the ingredients with a bar spoon to mix well.
  4. Add a couple of dashes of orange bitters.
  5. Add a couple of bar spoons of simple syrup and stir again.
  6. Lastly, give a spritz from a seltzer bottle or pour some club soda into the drink to give it a little sparkle.


If you don't want to squeeze the oranges yourself you can use a store-bought brand, but pick one that is low in sugar and features some pulp for an authentic taste.

You can muddle some orange peel in the cocktail glass for an extra-intense taste.

Keywords: vodka cocktails, brunch cocktails, orange juice drinks, classic cocktails, screwdriver drink