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Friday Cocktail

Classic Screwdriver, Sonic Screwdriver, and the familiar household tool.

Will the real Screwdriver please step forward…

This Friday, mix up one of the easiest to make cocktails, the Screwdriver.  Additionally, add in a certain splash of color and try the more out of this world Sonic Screwdriver.

Said to date back to the late 1940s, the Screwdriver should be considered a classic cocktail.  Supposedly enjoying too many of these will screw with your head, thus the name.

The Sonic Screwdriver (see here) is a far more recent creation, originating in 2007, inspired by the Doctor Who series.  The Doctor’s instrument of choice being his sonic screwdriver.  Nebraskan Liz Mulhern is credited with its creation.

What you’ll need (for the Screwdriver):  Vodka and Orange Juice

In a shaker over cracked ice, pour in 1 1/2 ounces of vodka and 3 ounces of orange juice.  Gently shake and strain into a highball glass over cubed ice.  Alternatively, add the ingredients directly to the highball glass with cubed ice and stir.  For this cocktail–really any cocktail calling for orange juice–its best to use juice with no pulp.

What you’ll need (for the Sonic Screwdriver):  Vodka, Orange Juice, Blue Curaçao, and Lemon-Lime Soda.

In a shaker over cracked ice, pour in 1 ounce each of vodka and blue curaçao.  Add in 1 1/2 ounce each of orange juice and your lemon-lime soda of choice.  Shake and strain into a highball glass over ice.  Unlike the regular Screwdriver, you really need the shaker for this one.

How I like it:  Classically.  Though on occasion I’ll mix things up a bit by using an orange juice that’s been blended with pineapple, mango, or other fruit.  As for the Sonic Screwdriver, my soda of choice would be Mountain Dew.  The original Sonic Screwdriver omits the orange juice, but I prefer it with the OJ and Mountain Dew.

Don’t screw up, drink responsibly!

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