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Happy Hour: Clementine Crush

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,

Clementine Crush
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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

  1. Muddle the ginger and sugar in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice, vodka, and orange juice. Shake to mix.
  3. Strain mixture into a fun glass filled with ice.
  4. Top with tonic and stir gently to combine. Garnish with fruit, if desired.

Serves 1.

Join The Conversation
tiggerchick2 tiggerchick2 9 years
That sounds absolutely delicious!!
beingtazim beingtazim 9 years
aww. i like(d) screwdrivers! they were the only thing i could stand when i used to drink - or coolers. ginger is a nice addition though
minxieminx minxieminx 9 years
Ginger is great in everything, it can also cure a bad tummy and headaches. Hmmm maybe after these cocktails I won't have a hangover... even more delish.
misslarue misslarue 9 years
This sounds really good-the ginger part is interesting.
lexichloe lexichloe 9 years
That sounds wonderful and refreshing. Perfect for a brunch.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
I'm not a fan of OJ in drinks, but this sounds pretty good since it incorporates ginger!
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