ScrewdriverOften times, the simplest of cocktails are also the most popular. This holds true with the famous screwdriver cocktail. The drink is made up of only two ingredients, allowing anyone at home to make the drink, if they choose to not pay the inflated prices at the local bar. While enjoying a screwdriver, you probably haven't ever wondered how exactly it came to be, as it doesn't really have a location in the title (such as the Singapore Sling) and it isn't very complicated. However, every drink has an origin and even the simple screwdriver cocktail started off with a rather interesting story.
The screwdriver, as it is known today, first made a splash in American culture during the late 1940s, when it appeared in Time magazine. The magazine focused in on several prominent engineers sipping down a new cocktail known as a screwdriver. Of course, the drink had been around for several years before this, Time magazine just hadn't caught wind yet (news traveled at a far slower pace than it does today, which isn't always a bad thing). According to the Time magazine article, the screwdriver came to be (and found its name) due to American petroleum engineers working in the middle eastern country of Saudi Arabia. While at work, they would pour vodka into cans of orange juice. To mix the drink up the workers used available screwdrivers. The name stuck to the drink and 70 years later it is till an easy and readily available drink made at most bars all over the world.
The screwdriver is rather straight forward to make, and although there are exact measurements available, you can change the cocktail to the alcohol strength of your choice. A standard screwdriver though requires a highball glass (a 16 ounce glass that is typically straight, although any 16 ounce water glass will do) filled with ice, mixed with one part vodka and two parts orange juice. If you want to class the drink up a bit you can garnish the glass with an orange slice or peel, but this is more for decorative purposes. The garnish doesn't really add any flavor to the beverage.