The Intoxicologist

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Nailing the Screwdriver

The classification of Florida Highballs carries with it some very interesting family members; Screwdriver, Fuzzy Navel, Harvey Wallbanger, and Sloe Comfortable Screw to name a few. These drinks all have vodka and orange juice in common. If you can nail down the Screwdriver the other drinks in the family will all fall in line.

While many cocktails enjoy the flare of the shaker and a flashy history, the Screwdriver is an unassuming drink with a rather humble beginning. The story behind the Screwdriver is not in how it is shaken, but how it is stirred. The stirring is evidently how this drink got it’s moniker. Rumor has it this drink originated with oilmen who drank their vodka with orange juice, mixing it with the screwdrivers they carried in the loops of their work belts. Plain and simple, yet the Screwdriver is the foundation of an entire family of drinks.

Screwdriver

2 ounces Smirnoff Vodka
4 ounces Orange Juice

Build in an ice filled highball glass. Stir. Garnish with an orange slice.

To make a Harvey Wallbanger, simply float 1/2 ounce of Galliano on top of the Screwdriver.

The Fuzzy Navel is built upon the basic Screwdriver recipe by adding Peach Schnapps and decreasing the orange juice accordingly to the size of the highball glass.

Fuzzy Navel

2 ounces Smirnoff Vodka
1 ounce Peach Tree Peach Schnapps
3 – 4 ounces Orange Juice

Build in an ice filled highball glass. Stir. No garnish necessary, but a fresh peach slice or skewer of peach, orange and pineapple look great on this drink.

The Sloe Comfortable Screw changes things up a bit by adding two liqueurs and changing the liquor ratio. The name gives this one away; “sloe” for Sloe gin and “comfortable” for Southern Comfort.

Sloe Comfortable Screw

3/4 ounce Sloe Gin
3/4 ounce Southern Comfort
3/4 ounce Smirnoff Vodka
3 – 5 ounces Orange Juice

Build in an ice filled highball glass. Stir well. No garnish necessary, but a cherry looks rather nice on this one.

Sidenote: The word “screw” in a drink name usually means orange juice within the drink.

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