Ingredients in a vodka and orange juice recipe (Screwdriver) are surprisingly simple— vodka and orange juice (and sugar). It’s quick, foolproof, and you can experiment and try its other varieties if you have the time.
What Is Vodka and Orange Juice Called?
If you are at a bar, chances are you will see the name “screwdriver” or “screwdriver cocktail” on the menu. It’s an alternative name for the vodka and orange juice cocktail we’re making today.
But don’t worry, no screwdrivers are involved in the making of your drink!
What Is a Screwdriver Drink?
Legend says that the name came about decades ago. Oil workers in the Persian Gulf needed to have some fun, but apparently, outside working hours wasn’t enough.
They ended up sneaking vodka into their orange juice when no one was looking.
Alcohol in general is considered “empty calories”, meaning it gives lots of calories, but they don’t satisfy your hunger. It’s something to enjoy a little of, not something to indulge in or to fill your empty stomach with.
For your healthy consumption of alcohol, we made our cocktails adhere to the USDA’s guidelines. According to the USDA’s guidelines, men should not exceed two drinks per day and women can have up to one.
Also, one drink, per USDA standards, includes 1.5 oz of 80-proof spirits.
2. How Many Calories Are in This Cocktail?
Our vodka and orange juice recipe yields 178 calories per serving. To many people’s surprise, the calories mainly come from the vodka.
One gram of alcohol gives seven calories, and 1.5 fluid ounces of 80 proof vodka yields 98 calories. It takes up about half of the calories in this drink.
How to Make a Screwdriver
Despite the backstory, you don’t need a screwdriver to stir vodka into your drink. A cocktail shaker is more professional and makes a better drink.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
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Vodka and Orange Juice (Screwdriver) Recipe
This cocktail tastes amazing! Thanks for the recipe!