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This Screwdriver Cocktail Is Our Favorite 2 Ingredient Drink

Delish logo Delish 8/16/2022 Justin Sullivan

If you asked people what is the first “cocktail” they’ve ever had, they’d probably say it was a screwdriver. It’s a stalwart of college parties and boozy brunches for its simplicity and accessibility.

We kept our approach pretty straightforward: just vodka, orange juice, and ice. The only thing we might insist on is that you use freshly squeezed OJ. This takes what is kind of a forgettable drink into a far more pleasant experience. You can even strain the pulp if you like that clean “from the bottle texture.”

Love two-ingredient cocktails? Why not try out another fruity classic, like the Cape Codder. Or get a little fancy with a Vodka Tonic. And if you try this recipe, let us know how it came out in the comments below!

Yields: 1 serving

Prep Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 5 mins


  • Crushed ice

  • 1 1/2 oz.


  • Freshly squeezed orange juice to top, optionally strained of pulp

  • Orange wheels or slices, for serving


  1. Fill a medium glass with crushed ice. Add vodka, then top with orange juice. Garnish with an orange wheel and serve.
Screwdriver cocktail © PHOTO: ANDREW BUI; FOOD STYLING: TAYLOR ANN SPENCER Screwdriver cocktail

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