20181214

The SCREWDRIVER, A classic highball drink




A timeless highball classic, the Screwdriver is a drink that, like many of our cocktails, has a murky, debatable history. Most stories range back to the early 20th century with mentions of Turkish intelligence agents and engineers in clandestine bar meetings, World War II soldiers adding vodka to their reconstituted o.j., and even oil workers in the Persian Gulf mixing their vodka into their juice with a screwdriver because they lacked another convenient stir tool. 

Personally, I think it was invented by a overworked, under appreciated, bored and hungover mid-twentieth century housewife who spied a nearly empty bottle of vodka on the kitchen counter the morning after she and her hubby had thrown a cocktail party. "Waste not, want not" and that dribble of vodka went into her morning o.j. before the bottle went into the trash can. From that point on a little vodka in the juice was as accepted an accessory to her breakfast as her pearl choker was to her shirtdress.

The I.B.A recipe calls for 10 parts orange juice to 5 parts vodka. I like my Screwdriver a little less like diesel fuel and fresh juice is a must.

The
SCREWDRIVER

8 Oz. Fresh Orange Juice
1-1/2 Oz. Vodka

Glass: Highball

DIRECTIONS
Fill a chilled highball glass with ice cubes.
Add the vodka, add the orange juice, stir.
Garnish with an orange slice, serve. 

My Variations
SONIC SCREWDRIVER
DEATH BY SCREWDRIVER

Other Variations
HARVEY WALLBANGER
Fuzzy Navel: Peach Schnapps and orange juice.
Hairy Navel: Vodka, Peach Schnapps and orange juice.
Brass Monkey: Vodka, Dark Rum and orange juice.
Cordless Screwdriver: Shot of vodka, shot of orange juice.
Tang Banger: Vodka and Tang.
Poor Man's Screwdriver: Vodka and Sunny Delight.
Electric Screwdriver: Vodka, Tequila, energy drink and orange juice.
Slow Screw: Slow gin and orange juice.
Slow Comfortable Screw: Southern Comfort and orange juice.
Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against the Wall: Slow Gin, Southern Comfort, Galliano and orange juice.
Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against The Wall Mexican Style: Slow Gin, Southern Comfort, Galliano, Tequila and orange juice.
Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Wall: Slow Gin, Southern Comfort, Galliano, Peach Schnapps and orange juice.
Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Fuzzy Pink Wall: Slow Gin, Southern Comfort, Galliano, Peach Schnapps, Sparkling Rosè and orange juice.
(I know ... but I didn't name them!)

National Screwdriver Day is December 14th.


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20181206

GAZPACHO MARTINI COCKTAIL




This cocktail was inspired by leftovers from a Mexican dinner. I had homemade pico de gallo and after sitting for a day I noticed there was quite a bit of juice from the tomatoes and cucumbers in the bottom of the pico de gallo container. I suddenly wondered how that would taste as the mixer for a cocktail and, boom, this gazpacho martini was born.

The
GAZPACHO
MARTINI

INGREDIENTS
2 Oz. Tomato Vodka
1 Oz. Pico de Gallo "Juice"*
1/2 Oz. Fresh Lime Juice
5 Drops Chohula Lime Hot Sauce

DIRECTIONS
* Make some homemade Pico de Gallo. After it sits for several hours or overnight there will be some lovely juices you can strain out. How much juice will determine how many cocktails you can make.
Chill your glass.
Add the tomato vodka, pico de gallo juice and lime juice to an ice filled cocktail shaker, shake until chilled then strain into your chilled glass.
Garnish with a sprig of cilantro and a lime slice then enjoy.

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20181204

The BABY GROOT COCKTAIL - I AM GROOT!



I have a very close friend who is madly in love with Baby Groot, the miniature but growing incarnation of Groot from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy series. She collects anything Baby Groot and, for fun, is placing hers in a variety of locales and scenarios.

I decided she needed a special cocktail for those moments.

Merry Christmas, Melodieann! (Don't worry,  you will get a package too 😘.)

The
BABY GROOT
COCKTAIL

INGREDIENTS
1 Oz. Seagram's Whiskey
1/2 Oz. Dark Crème de Cacao
1/2 Oz. White Crème de Menthe
3 Oz. Warm Cocoa

Garnish: Dollop of whipped cream, drizzle of Green Crème de Menthe, chocolate sprinkles, mint leaves

Glass: Old Fashioned (Rocks)

DIRECTIONS
Add the Whiskey, Dark Crème de Cacao, White Crème de Menthe to your old fashioned glass.
Pour in the warm cocoa.
Spoon on a large dollop of whipped cream. 
Drizzle with some Green Crème de Menthe.
Top off with a few mint leaves and some chocolate sprinkles.

I am Groot. I am GROOT!
(Groot is buzzed.)


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