If you've got vodka and freshly squeezed orange juice, you can make this simple brunch cocktail in minutes.

Screwdriver Cocktail

Matt Taylor-Gross / Food Styling by Lucy Simon

Prep Time:
3 mins
Total Time:
3 mins

Bright, sweet, and sour orange juice is a pivotal component of any well-stocked bar. That is, if it's freshly squeezed, of course. The bright orange, often pulpy nectar that is freshly squeezed orange juice is truly unmatched by any pasteurized, pale commercial orange juice that comes by the gallon. Made simply with vodka and orange juice, the Screwdriver might be the most pure way to enjoy excellent orange juice in a cocktail. 

For a sublime Screwdriver, choose peak citrus and treat it with the care it deserves. For making OJ at home, you have a few options. If you are like me and live in a tiny apartment with limited kitchen storage, a handheld citrus squeezer is the pick for you. The editor-approved Chef’n Freshforce handheld squeezer makes quick work juicing halves of citrus. This squeezer claims to make 20% more juice than its competitors thanks to its savvy design. “Rather than a simple hinge, its top handle is attached to a stainless steel cup so that there are two gears to apply extra force as you press the handles together,” writes Perri Kressel. Plus, its drainage holes are large enough for ample pulp but hold back pesky citrus seeds.

If you’re juicing for a crowd for, say, a Screwdriver-laden brunch, an electric citrus juicer is the way to go. Breville’s sleek and sturdy Citrus Press Pro Juicer uses both downward force and the power of a spinning electric juicer to get the most out of each citrus half. “Equipped with a safety switch, the cone won't spin until both arms are lowered and sufficient pressure is placed,” writes Clarissa Buch Zilberman. “Don't worry about noise, either, because this electric juicer features a near-silent motor.” 

Whether you’re simply juicing oranges with bare hands, with a handheld citrus squeezer, or a snazzy electric juicer, pair freshly squeezed orange juice with vodka in this simple yet satisfying cocktail. And just in case you’re looking for a great vodka, look no further, we’ve got you covered


  • 1 3/4 ounces vodka

  • 3 1/2 ounce orange juice

  • 1 orange peel (for garnish)


  1. In a highball glass filled with ice, stir together vodka and orange juice.

  2. Garnish with orange peel.

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