The beauty of the Screwdriver lies in its simplicity. With just two simple ingredients, this classic cocktail remains one of the most popular cocktails there are. This is my blood orange-clementine screwdriver and it’s a keeper. A modern twist on an old favorite and a cocktail I’ve been enjoying a lot recently.
The history of the Screwdriver is somewhat debatable. But the general consensus is that it was invented by American oil workers in the Persian gulf around the mid-20th century. The story has it that while working, workers would secretly pour a little vodka into their orange juice. In the absence of a spoon, they stirred their drinks with a screwdriver – hence the name.
The Screwdriver is a classic drink that has been designated an International Bartender Association official cocktail. Chances are, if you drink, you’ve had one before. Often paired with brunch, the screwdriver has become an acceptable iconic daytime cocktail for any occasion. This week it’s been my inauguration cocktail of choice. And I have enjoyed sipping it as we welcomed in the Biden-Harris administration, and with it, hope. While I appreciate the classics, I also like to tinker. This blood orange-clementine screwdriver is a freshened up version of that you already know, and love.
Blood oranges, in addition to their usual citrus notes, have a subtle raspberry-like flavor that shines in this drink. The addition of fresh clementine juice adds natural sweetness, with less acidity than regular navel oranges, making this screwdriver smooth as can be for sipping.
Blood Orange Clementine Screwdriver
- 2 1/2 ounces vodka
- 4 ounces fresh blood orange juice
- 2 ounces fresh clementine juice
- dried orange slice, garnish (optional)
- Step 1 Fill a high ball glass with a good amount of crushed ice and set aside.
- Step 2 To a cocktail shaker add the vodka, blood orange juice, clementine juice and a handful of ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Strain into the prepared glass, garnish with an orange slice and serve.