Tequila Screwdriver

Tequila Screwdriver Cocktail

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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Serving: 1 serving
  • Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
198 Calories
0g Fat
16g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 78mg 388%
Calcium 17mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 311mg 7%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

As the name implies, the tequila screwdriver is just like the famous vodka cocktail. Tequila and orange juice are all you need for this recipe. It is tequila's answer to vodka's screwdriver and essentially a tequila sunrise, hold the grenadine. If you have made either of those popular mixed drinks, then you'll have no problem here.

Switching out the base liquor in a simple juice highball makes a world of difference. Vodka is, for the most part, tasteless and even more so against the heavy flavor of orange juice. With a tequila background, you get an extra layer of flavor. That rich agave taste makes the tequila screwdriver stand out even though the cocktail is just as easy to mix up.

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces tequila

  • 5 ounces orange juice

Steps to Make It

  1. Pour the tequila into a highball glass filled with ice.

  2. Top with orange juice.

The Right Tequila for the Screwdriver

Just as the tequila base of a Bloody Maria adds something to the classic bloody mary mix, it adds flavor to the tequila screwdriver. Tequila has an underlying earthiness to its taste that vodka simply does not have and this brings dimension to the drinks we mix it into. Whenever you're bored with your favorite vodka cocktails, just switch over to tequila and taste the transformation for yourself. It works with many recipes.

When it comes to choosing the tequila, almost any bottle you have in the bar will do. This is a simple mixed drink, so there's really no reason to go overboard. Yet, the tequila screwdriver is best with a decent blanco tequila and it's best to avoid any of the gold tequilas.

The Orange Juice

Orange juice is the backbone of the tequila screwdriver and the drink will only be as good as the juice you pour. If you can, take the time to squeeze fresh juice. Citrus fruits are the easiest to juice and it shouldn't take but a few minutes to have enough for the drink and some leftover to stash in the fridge for the next round.

If you're going to buy orange juice, choose the freshest option available. Avoid juices from concentrate and those with additives because there's little in the drink to distract from a poor tasting juice.

You might also consider switching to blood orange juice when the fruit comes into season. This typically happens during the winter months and you will find them to be sweeter and less acidic than the average navel or Valencia orange.

How Strong Is the Tequila Screwdriver?

In reality, you can make the tequila screwdriver as strong or as weak as you like, it all depends on how much juice you pour. On average, you will probably add around 5 ounces of orange juice to fill a tall, ice-filled glass and this keeps the drink in a very mild alcohol range. With an 80-proof tequila, you can estimate the alcohol content to be around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). This is average for a tall mixed drink and equivalent to the average glass of wine.