The Screwdriver—the classic mixture of orange juice and vodka—has been around since as long as people have been combining spirits with fruit juice. Although it has stood the test of time and has led to countless hangovers over the years, perhaps it’s time to start considering a few slight variations on this refreshing stalwart.
I’ve always enjoyed incorporating a little effervescence into the affair, using either a touch of lemon-lime soda or even seltzer to give the drink a desirable spritz that I dub a ‘Phillips-head Screwdriver.’ Recently I came across a further tweaking that seems to blend the drink with a certain margarita-like sensibility. The outcome was so delicious and drinkable, I was astounded that I had not considered it years ago.
The Orange Splash, as it is known, adds the sweet tinge of Cointreau and rounds it all out with the pleasing tartness of lime juice for a sensational summertime sipper. Check out this recipe and enjoy one for yourself today:
- 2 oz. lemon/citrus flavored vodka
- 1 oz. triple sec or Cointreau
- A splash of fresh lime juice
- A splash of orange juice
- Sugar and orange slice for garnish
Pour the citrus vodka, triple sec, lime, and orange juice over ice in a shaker and shake intensely for about a minute. Take a tumbler glass and wet the rim before dipping it into some sugar to coat it. Serve the drink on the rocks with a thin orange slice or peel dropped into the mixture to add a little pizzazz.