To me, the screwdriver is a pretty boring drink. Vodka mixed with orange juice is plain, unoriginal, and dull. However with a little innovation, it can be turned into a deliciously complex concoction. The mixologists over at Chicago's Mexx Kitchen at The Whiskey have done just that with their Clementine Crush. Sugar, ginger, and tonic transform the screwdriver into a whole new drink. This cocktail is great at happy hour, and makes a wonderful addition to any brunch menu. If you can, use fresh squeezed orange juice as it makes a huge difference in the flavor. To get the recipe,
3/4 ounce fresh squeezed orange juice
1 1/2 ounces orange flavored vodka (such as Svedka Clementine)
1/2 ounce tonic
3 small piece of peeled fresh ginger
1 teaspoon sugar
- Muddle the ginger and sugar in a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice, vodka, and orange juice. Shake to mix.
- Strain mixture into a fun glass filled with ice.
- Top with tonic and stir gently to combine. Garnish with fruit, if desired.