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The Origin of the Screwdriver

The Origin of the Screwdriver

The birth of the screwdriver can be traced back to oil fields in the Persian Gulf

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The screwdriver may be the easiest cocktail to make.

Fancy cocktails are fun to experiment with, but if you’re looking for a quick drink, they’re probably too complicated to try. Ladies and gentlemen, you guessed it! It’s the screwdriver, which consists of literally two ingredients: orange juice and vodka.

If you’re lucky, you might have both of these ingredients in your refrigerator. If so, it’s easy to enjoy a screwdriver whenever you please, without spending any money. While sipping on your simple screwdriver, have you ever stopped to wonder where it got its name?

According to Business Insider, the screwdriver was named decades ago, when American oil workers in the Persian Gulf added vodka to their orange juice to make their job a little easier. Alas, to mix their on-the-go cocktail, they needed a spoon, but there aren’t that many spoons lying around the oil fields. To solve this problem, they used a screwdriver instead. Presto! The screwdriver was born.

Though the simple vodka and OJ recipe is the classic way to make the screwdriver, you can add plenty of things to it to spice it up. For example, to achieve a tropical state of mind, we suggest putting fruit in your screwdriver — kiwis and blackberries work well. Or add other juices to the mix to take your screwdriver to the next level, like lemon or passionfruit juice.

Click here for our favorite screwdriver recipe.


The screwdriver is mentioned in a 1944 Newsweek article: "A Screwdriver—a drink compounded of vodka and orange juice and supposedly invented by interned American fliers" [1] and in a 1949 Time article: "the latest Yankee concoction of vodka and orange juice, called a 'screwdriver ' ". [2]

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin and filled with orange juice is a "Slow (Sloe) Screw".

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw". [3] : 153

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall". [3] : 155

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part tequila, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall Mexican Style". [4]

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Wall".

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, one part sparkling rosé, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Pink Wall".

A screwdriver with two parts vodka, four parts orange juice, and one part Galliano is a Harvey Wallbanger.

A screwdriver with equal parts vanilla vodka and blue Curaçao topped with lemon-lime soda is a "Sonic Screwdriver". [5] This cocktail is named after the sonic screwdriver from science fiction TV show Doctor Who. The blue color of the cocktail resembles the blue parts of the prop from the show.

A screwdriver with one part Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and four parts orange juice is a "Burning Screwdriver".

A shot of vodka with a slice of orange is a "Cordless Screwdriver".

A screwdriver with half orange juice and half 7-Up as mixer is a "Screwup".

A "Virgin Screwdriver" is a mocktail (non-alcoholic version), usually made with orange juice and tonic water. [6] [7] [8]

A screwdriver with apple juice instead of orange juice is an "Anita Bryant Cocktail". [9] Bryant was an American singer and spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Commission during the 1960s and 1970s. [10] Starting in 1977, she became an anti-gay rights activist. [11] Because Bryant promoted orange juice, the gay community retaliated by boycotting it. [12] Gay bars across North America stopped serving screwdrivers [13] and invented this cocktail to replace it. [9] The sales and proceeds of the cocktail went to gay rights activists and helped fund their work against Bryant. [9] The campaign was ultimately successful as Bryant's activism damaged her musical and business career. [11] [10] Her contract with the Florida Citrus Commission was left to expire in 1980 after they stated she was "worn out" as a spokesperson. [10] [14] After that, gay bars started selling screwdrivers again.

A screwdriver containing vodka and Faygo is a Downriver Screwdriver.

A screwdriver with two parts gin, four parts Orange Juice is a Left-Handed Screwdriver.


The screwdriver is mentioned in a 1944 Newsweek article: "A Screwdriver—a drink compounded of vodka and orange juice and supposedly invented by interned American fliers" [1] and in a 1949 Time article: "the latest Yankee concoction of vodka and orange juice, called a 'screwdriver ' ". [2]

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin and filled with orange juice is a "Slow (Sloe) Screw".

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw". [3] : 153

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall". [3] : 155

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part tequila, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall Mexican Style". [4]

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Wall".

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, one part sparkling rosé, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Pink Wall".

A screwdriver with two parts vodka, four parts orange juice, and one part Galliano is a Harvey Wallbanger.

A screwdriver with equal parts vanilla vodka and blue Curaçao topped with lemon-lime soda is a "Sonic Screwdriver". [5] This cocktail is named after the sonic screwdriver from science fiction TV show Doctor Who. The blue color of the cocktail resembles the blue parts of the prop from the show.

A screwdriver with one part Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and four parts orange juice is a "Burning Screwdriver".

A shot of vodka with a slice of orange is a "Cordless Screwdriver".

A screwdriver with half orange juice and half 7-Up as mixer is a "Screwup".

A "Virgin Screwdriver" is a mocktail (non-alcoholic version), usually made with orange juice and tonic water. [6] [7] [8]

A screwdriver with apple juice instead of orange juice is an "Anita Bryant Cocktail". [9] Bryant was an American singer and spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Commission during the 1960s and 1970s. [10] Starting in 1977, she became an anti-gay rights activist. [11] Because Bryant promoted orange juice, the gay community retaliated by boycotting it. [12] Gay bars across North America stopped serving screwdrivers [13] and invented this cocktail to replace it. [9] The sales and proceeds of the cocktail went to gay rights activists and helped fund their work against Bryant. [9] The campaign was ultimately successful as Bryant's activism damaged her musical and business career. [11] [10] Her contract with the Florida Citrus Commission was left to expire in 1980 after they stated she was "worn out" as a spokesperson. [10] [14] After that, gay bars started selling screwdrivers again.

A screwdriver containing vodka and Faygo is a Downriver Screwdriver.

A screwdriver with two parts gin, four parts Orange Juice is a Left-Handed Screwdriver.


The screwdriver is mentioned in a 1944 Newsweek article: "A Screwdriver—a drink compounded of vodka and orange juice and supposedly invented by interned American fliers" [1] and in a 1949 Time article: "the latest Yankee concoction of vodka and orange juice, called a 'screwdriver ' ". [2]

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin and filled with orange juice is a "Slow (Sloe) Screw".

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw". [3] : 153

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall". [3] : 155

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part tequila, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall Mexican Style". [4]

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Wall".

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, one part sparkling rosé, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Pink Wall".

A screwdriver with two parts vodka, four parts orange juice, and one part Galliano is a Harvey Wallbanger.

A screwdriver with equal parts vanilla vodka and blue Curaçao topped with lemon-lime soda is a "Sonic Screwdriver". [5] This cocktail is named after the sonic screwdriver from science fiction TV show Doctor Who. The blue color of the cocktail resembles the blue parts of the prop from the show.

A screwdriver with one part Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and four parts orange juice is a "Burning Screwdriver".

A shot of vodka with a slice of orange is a "Cordless Screwdriver".

A screwdriver with half orange juice and half 7-Up as mixer is a "Screwup".

A "Virgin Screwdriver" is a mocktail (non-alcoholic version), usually made with orange juice and tonic water. [6] [7] [8]

A screwdriver with apple juice instead of orange juice is an "Anita Bryant Cocktail". [9] Bryant was an American singer and spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Commission during the 1960s and 1970s. [10] Starting in 1977, she became an anti-gay rights activist. [11] Because Bryant promoted orange juice, the gay community retaliated by boycotting it. [12] Gay bars across North America stopped serving screwdrivers [13] and invented this cocktail to replace it. [9] The sales and proceeds of the cocktail went to gay rights activists and helped fund their work against Bryant. [9] The campaign was ultimately successful as Bryant's activism damaged her musical and business career. [11] [10] Her contract with the Florida Citrus Commission was left to expire in 1980 after they stated she was "worn out" as a spokesperson. [10] [14] After that, gay bars started selling screwdrivers again.

A screwdriver containing vodka and Faygo is a Downriver Screwdriver.

A screwdriver with two parts gin, four parts Orange Juice is a Left-Handed Screwdriver.


The screwdriver is mentioned in a 1944 Newsweek article: "A Screwdriver—a drink compounded of vodka and orange juice and supposedly invented by interned American fliers" [1] and in a 1949 Time article: "the latest Yankee concoction of vodka and orange juice, called a 'screwdriver ' ". [2]

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin and filled with orange juice is a "Slow (Sloe) Screw".

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw". [3] : 153

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall". [3] : 155

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part tequila, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall Mexican Style". [4]

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Wall".

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, one part sparkling rosé, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Pink Wall".

A screwdriver with two parts vodka, four parts orange juice, and one part Galliano is a Harvey Wallbanger.

A screwdriver with equal parts vanilla vodka and blue Curaçao topped with lemon-lime soda is a "Sonic Screwdriver". [5] This cocktail is named after the sonic screwdriver from science fiction TV show Doctor Who. The blue color of the cocktail resembles the blue parts of the prop from the show.

A screwdriver with one part Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and four parts orange juice is a "Burning Screwdriver".

A shot of vodka with a slice of orange is a "Cordless Screwdriver".

A screwdriver with half orange juice and half 7-Up as mixer is a "Screwup".

A "Virgin Screwdriver" is a mocktail (non-alcoholic version), usually made with orange juice and tonic water. [6] [7] [8]

A screwdriver with apple juice instead of orange juice is an "Anita Bryant Cocktail". [9] Bryant was an American singer and spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Commission during the 1960s and 1970s. [10] Starting in 1977, she became an anti-gay rights activist. [11] Because Bryant promoted orange juice, the gay community retaliated by boycotting it. [12] Gay bars across North America stopped serving screwdrivers [13] and invented this cocktail to replace it. [9] The sales and proceeds of the cocktail went to gay rights activists and helped fund their work against Bryant. [9] The campaign was ultimately successful as Bryant's activism damaged her musical and business career. [11] [10] Her contract with the Florida Citrus Commission was left to expire in 1980 after they stated she was "worn out" as a spokesperson. [10] [14] After that, gay bars started selling screwdrivers again.

A screwdriver containing vodka and Faygo is a Downriver Screwdriver.

A screwdriver with two parts gin, four parts Orange Juice is a Left-Handed Screwdriver.


The screwdriver is mentioned in a 1944 Newsweek article: "A Screwdriver—a drink compounded of vodka and orange juice and supposedly invented by interned American fliers" [1] and in a 1949 Time article: "the latest Yankee concoction of vodka and orange juice, called a 'screwdriver ' ". [2]

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin and filled with orange juice is a "Slow (Sloe) Screw".

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw". [3] : 153

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall". [3] : 155

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part tequila, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall Mexican Style". [4]

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Wall".

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, one part sparkling rosé, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Pink Wall".

A screwdriver with two parts vodka, four parts orange juice, and one part Galliano is a Harvey Wallbanger.

A screwdriver with equal parts vanilla vodka and blue Curaçao topped with lemon-lime soda is a "Sonic Screwdriver". [5] This cocktail is named after the sonic screwdriver from science fiction TV show Doctor Who. The blue color of the cocktail resembles the blue parts of the prop from the show.

A screwdriver with one part Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and four parts orange juice is a "Burning Screwdriver".

A shot of vodka with a slice of orange is a "Cordless Screwdriver".

A screwdriver with half orange juice and half 7-Up as mixer is a "Screwup".

A "Virgin Screwdriver" is a mocktail (non-alcoholic version), usually made with orange juice and tonic water. [6] [7] [8]

A screwdriver with apple juice instead of orange juice is an "Anita Bryant Cocktail". [9] Bryant was an American singer and spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Commission during the 1960s and 1970s. [10] Starting in 1977, she became an anti-gay rights activist. [11] Because Bryant promoted orange juice, the gay community retaliated by boycotting it. [12] Gay bars across North America stopped serving screwdrivers [13] and invented this cocktail to replace it. [9] The sales and proceeds of the cocktail went to gay rights activists and helped fund their work against Bryant. [9] The campaign was ultimately successful as Bryant's activism damaged her musical and business career. [11] [10] Her contract with the Florida Citrus Commission was left to expire in 1980 after they stated she was "worn out" as a spokesperson. [10] [14] After that, gay bars started selling screwdrivers again.

A screwdriver containing vodka and Faygo is a Downriver Screwdriver.

A screwdriver with two parts gin, four parts Orange Juice is a Left-Handed Screwdriver.


The screwdriver is mentioned in a 1944 Newsweek article: "A Screwdriver—a drink compounded of vodka and orange juice and supposedly invented by interned American fliers" [1] and in a 1949 Time article: "the latest Yankee concoction of vodka and orange juice, called a 'screwdriver ' ". [2]

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin and filled with orange juice is a "Slow (Sloe) Screw".

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw". [3] : 153

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall". [3] : 155

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part tequila, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall Mexican Style". [4]

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Wall".

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, one part sparkling rosé, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Pink Wall".

A screwdriver with two parts vodka, four parts orange juice, and one part Galliano is a Harvey Wallbanger.

A screwdriver with equal parts vanilla vodka and blue Curaçao topped with lemon-lime soda is a "Sonic Screwdriver". [5] This cocktail is named after the sonic screwdriver from science fiction TV show Doctor Who. The blue color of the cocktail resembles the blue parts of the prop from the show.

A screwdriver with one part Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and four parts orange juice is a "Burning Screwdriver".

A shot of vodka with a slice of orange is a "Cordless Screwdriver".

A screwdriver with half orange juice and half 7-Up as mixer is a "Screwup".

A "Virgin Screwdriver" is a mocktail (non-alcoholic version), usually made with orange juice and tonic water. [6] [7] [8]

A screwdriver with apple juice instead of orange juice is an "Anita Bryant Cocktail". [9] Bryant was an American singer and spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Commission during the 1960s and 1970s. [10] Starting in 1977, she became an anti-gay rights activist. [11] Because Bryant promoted orange juice, the gay community retaliated by boycotting it. [12] Gay bars across North America stopped serving screwdrivers [13] and invented this cocktail to replace it. [9] The sales and proceeds of the cocktail went to gay rights activists and helped fund their work against Bryant. [9] The campaign was ultimately successful as Bryant's activism damaged her musical and business career. [11] [10] Her contract with the Florida Citrus Commission was left to expire in 1980 after they stated she was "worn out" as a spokesperson. [10] [14] After that, gay bars started selling screwdrivers again.

A screwdriver containing vodka and Faygo is a Downriver Screwdriver.

A screwdriver with two parts gin, four parts Orange Juice is a Left-Handed Screwdriver.


The screwdriver is mentioned in a 1944 Newsweek article: "A Screwdriver—a drink compounded of vodka and orange juice and supposedly invented by interned American fliers" [1] and in a 1949 Time article: "the latest Yankee concoction of vodka and orange juice, called a 'screwdriver ' ". [2]

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin and filled with orange juice is a "Slow (Sloe) Screw".

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw". [3] : 153

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall". [3] : 155

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part tequila, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall Mexican Style". [4]

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Wall".

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, one part sparkling rosé, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Pink Wall".

A screwdriver with two parts vodka, four parts orange juice, and one part Galliano is a Harvey Wallbanger.

A screwdriver with equal parts vanilla vodka and blue Curaçao topped with lemon-lime soda is a "Sonic Screwdriver". [5] This cocktail is named after the sonic screwdriver from science fiction TV show Doctor Who. The blue color of the cocktail resembles the blue parts of the prop from the show.

A screwdriver with one part Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and four parts orange juice is a "Burning Screwdriver".

A shot of vodka with a slice of orange is a "Cordless Screwdriver".

A screwdriver with half orange juice and half 7-Up as mixer is a "Screwup".

A "Virgin Screwdriver" is a mocktail (non-alcoholic version), usually made with orange juice and tonic water. [6] [7] [8]

A screwdriver with apple juice instead of orange juice is an "Anita Bryant Cocktail". [9] Bryant was an American singer and spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Commission during the 1960s and 1970s. [10] Starting in 1977, she became an anti-gay rights activist. [11] Because Bryant promoted orange juice, the gay community retaliated by boycotting it. [12] Gay bars across North America stopped serving screwdrivers [13] and invented this cocktail to replace it. [9] The sales and proceeds of the cocktail went to gay rights activists and helped fund their work against Bryant. [9] The campaign was ultimately successful as Bryant's activism damaged her musical and business career. [11] [10] Her contract with the Florida Citrus Commission was left to expire in 1980 after they stated she was "worn out" as a spokesperson. [10] [14] After that, gay bars started selling screwdrivers again.

A screwdriver containing vodka and Faygo is a Downriver Screwdriver.

A screwdriver with two parts gin, four parts Orange Juice is a Left-Handed Screwdriver.


The screwdriver is mentioned in a 1944 Newsweek article: "A Screwdriver—a drink compounded of vodka and orange juice and supposedly invented by interned American fliers" [1] and in a 1949 Time article: "the latest Yankee concoction of vodka and orange juice, called a 'screwdriver ' ". [2]

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin and filled with orange juice is a "Slow (Sloe) Screw".

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw". [3] : 153

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall". [3] : 155

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part tequila, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall Mexican Style". [4]

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Wall".

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, one part sparkling rosé, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Pink Wall".

A screwdriver with two parts vodka, four parts orange juice, and one part Galliano is a Harvey Wallbanger.

A screwdriver with equal parts vanilla vodka and blue Curaçao topped with lemon-lime soda is a "Sonic Screwdriver". [5] This cocktail is named after the sonic screwdriver from science fiction TV show Doctor Who. The blue color of the cocktail resembles the blue parts of the prop from the show.

A screwdriver with one part Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and four parts orange juice is a "Burning Screwdriver".

A shot of vodka with a slice of orange is a "Cordless Screwdriver".

A screwdriver with half orange juice and half 7-Up as mixer is a "Screwup".

A "Virgin Screwdriver" is a mocktail (non-alcoholic version), usually made with orange juice and tonic water. [6] [7] [8]

A screwdriver with apple juice instead of orange juice is an "Anita Bryant Cocktail". [9] Bryant was an American singer and spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Commission during the 1960s and 1970s. [10] Starting in 1977, she became an anti-gay rights activist. [11] Because Bryant promoted orange juice, the gay community retaliated by boycotting it. [12] Gay bars across North America stopped serving screwdrivers [13] and invented this cocktail to replace it. [9] The sales and proceeds of the cocktail went to gay rights activists and helped fund their work against Bryant. [9] The campaign was ultimately successful as Bryant's activism damaged her musical and business career. [11] [10] Her contract with the Florida Citrus Commission was left to expire in 1980 after they stated she was "worn out" as a spokesperson. [10] [14] After that, gay bars started selling screwdrivers again.

A screwdriver containing vodka and Faygo is a Downriver Screwdriver.

A screwdriver with two parts gin, four parts Orange Juice is a Left-Handed Screwdriver.


The screwdriver is mentioned in a 1944 Newsweek article: "A Screwdriver—a drink compounded of vodka and orange juice and supposedly invented by interned American fliers" [1] and in a 1949 Time article: "the latest Yankee concoction of vodka and orange juice, called a 'screwdriver ' ". [2]

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin and filled with orange juice is a "Slow (Sloe) Screw".

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw". [3] : 153

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall". [3] : 155

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part tequila, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall Mexican Style". [4]

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Wall".

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, one part sparkling rosé, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Pink Wall".

A screwdriver with two parts vodka, four parts orange juice, and one part Galliano is a Harvey Wallbanger.

A screwdriver with equal parts vanilla vodka and blue Curaçao topped with lemon-lime soda is a "Sonic Screwdriver". [5] This cocktail is named after the sonic screwdriver from science fiction TV show Doctor Who. The blue color of the cocktail resembles the blue parts of the prop from the show.

A screwdriver with one part Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and four parts orange juice is a "Burning Screwdriver".

A shot of vodka with a slice of orange is a "Cordless Screwdriver".

A screwdriver with half orange juice and half 7-Up as mixer is a "Screwup".

A "Virgin Screwdriver" is a mocktail (non-alcoholic version), usually made with orange juice and tonic water. [6] [7] [8]

A screwdriver with apple juice instead of orange juice is an "Anita Bryant Cocktail". [9] Bryant was an American singer and spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Commission during the 1960s and 1970s. [10] Starting in 1977, she became an anti-gay rights activist. [11] Because Bryant promoted orange juice, the gay community retaliated by boycotting it. [12] Gay bars across North America stopped serving screwdrivers [13] and invented this cocktail to replace it. [9] The sales and proceeds of the cocktail went to gay rights activists and helped fund their work against Bryant. [9] The campaign was ultimately successful as Bryant's activism damaged her musical and business career. [11] [10] Her contract with the Florida Citrus Commission was left to expire in 1980 after they stated she was "worn out" as a spokesperson. [10] [14] After that, gay bars started selling screwdrivers again.

A screwdriver containing vodka and Faygo is a Downriver Screwdriver.

A screwdriver with two parts gin, four parts Orange Juice is a Left-Handed Screwdriver.


The screwdriver is mentioned in a 1944 Newsweek article: "A Screwdriver—a drink compounded of vodka and orange juice and supposedly invented by interned American fliers" [1] and in a 1949 Time article: "the latest Yankee concoction of vodka and orange juice, called a 'screwdriver ' ". [2]

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin and filled with orange juice is a "Slow (Sloe) Screw".

A screwdriver with two parts of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw". [3] : 153

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall". [3] : 155

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part tequila, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall Mexican Style". [4]

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Wall".

A screwdriver with one part of sloe gin, one part of Southern Comfort, one part Galliano, one part peach schnapps, one part sparkling rosé, and filled with orange juice is a "Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Pink Wall".

A screwdriver with two parts vodka, four parts orange juice, and one part Galliano is a Harvey Wallbanger.

A screwdriver with equal parts vanilla vodka and blue Curaçao topped with lemon-lime soda is a "Sonic Screwdriver". [5] This cocktail is named after the sonic screwdriver from science fiction TV show Doctor Who. The blue color of the cocktail resembles the blue parts of the prop from the show.

A screwdriver with one part Fireball Cinnamon Whisky and four parts orange juice is a "Burning Screwdriver".

A shot of vodka with a slice of orange is a "Cordless Screwdriver".

A screwdriver with half orange juice and half 7-Up as mixer is a "Screwup".

A "Virgin Screwdriver" is a mocktail (non-alcoholic version), usually made with orange juice and tonic water. [6] [7] [8]

A screwdriver with apple juice instead of orange juice is an "Anita Bryant Cocktail". [9] Bryant was an American singer and spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Commission during the 1960s and 1970s. [10] Starting in 1977, she became an anti-gay rights activist. [11] Because Bryant promoted orange juice, the gay community retaliated by boycotting it. [12] Gay bars across North America stopped serving screwdrivers [13] and invented this cocktail to replace it. [9] The sales and proceeds of the cocktail went to gay rights activists and helped fund their work against Bryant. [9] The campaign was ultimately successful as Bryant's activism damaged her musical and business career. [11] [10] Her contract with the Florida Citrus Commission was left to expire in 1980 after they stated she was "worn out" as a spokesperson. [10] [14] After that, gay bars started selling screwdrivers again.

A screwdriver containing vodka and Faygo is a Downriver Screwdriver.

A screwdriver with two parts gin, four parts Orange Juice is a Left-Handed Screwdriver.


Watch the video: Robertson, Phillips, and the History of the Screwdriver (January 2022).