To quench that summer thirst, make yourself a screwdriver cocktail at home. It’s pretty easy to put together: simply mix orange juice and vodka.
It’s interesting to note that the screwdriver comes with a few variations, with the most common one made with one part orange soda, one part orange juice, and one part vodka. Here are several others:
- A screwdriver with two parts of Sloe Gin, one part of Southern Comfort and filled with orange juice is a “Slow (or Sloe) Comfortable Screw”.
- Combining one part of Sloe Gin, one part of Southern Comfort and one part Galliano with orange juice is a “Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall”.
- If you mix two parts of Sloe Gin, and add orange juice, it’s a “Slow Screw”.
- A screwdriver with equal parts vanilla vodka and Blue Curaçao topped with lemon-lime soda is a “Sonic Screwdriver”.
The screwdriver is mentioned in literature as far back as 1938. American aviators were also said to have invented it. 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’.”