Vodka orange – the refreshing classic

Vodka Orange – The refreshing classic

This delicious mixed drink, also called Screwdriver, is a classic cocktail that is quickly prepared and tastes delicious. Everyone should know the basic recipe for a vodka orange.

It is an essential part of a bartender’s repertoire and is great for experimenting and trying out variations.

The Vodka Orange offers the perfect balance of freshness and sweetness. Apart from its delicious flavor, this mixed drink also provides a good amount of vitamin C.

In its basic form, the cocktail only consists of vodka and orange juice, although the mixing ratio can vary according to preference.

The story of the vodka orange:

This very easy-to-prepare long drink spread rapidly in the USA in the 1950s, when vodka became a popular spirit to use in mixed drinks. The history of this drink is somewhat controversial and dates back to 1949 when vodka first gained popularity in the United States.

Some claim that the drink was first popularized by American aviators. According to another origin story, vodka orange was created by American oil workers in the Persian Gulf, who secretly mixed their orange juice with vodka.

They supposedly called the drink Screwdriver because they initially mixed it with a screwdriver when no spoon was available.

Vodka orange

Vodka orange cocktail recipe
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The Vodka Orange is a popular mixed drink, which was awarded by the “International Bartenders Association” as an official cocktail. You can easily mix the orange-yellow Vodka Orange in the glass, so you don’t need a shaker.
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Preparation time: 2 minutes
Mixing time: 1 minute
Total time: 3 minutes
Category: Highball, Longdrink
Origin: Iran
Keywords: Ice cubes, Orange juice, Orange slice, vodka
Servings: 1 Cocktail
Calories: 129kcal
Author: Leon Zeschke



  • 8 cl orange juice
  • 4 cl vodka
  • 1 slice orange
  • some ice cubes


  • First, put the ice cubes in a highball glass.
  • Now add the ice-cold vodka.
  • Pour the orange juice into the glass.
  • Mix the ingredients with a spoon.
  • In the end, decorate the glass with the orange slice.


Calories: 129kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Proof: 12.5% vol
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Here are some tips for the perfect long drink:

Using freshly squeezed orange juice is the best way to fully develop its flavor. This gives your vodka orange an extra fruity and natural taste.

Peel an orange and decorate the glass with the peel instead of an orange slice. This will not only make your cocktail look good, but also extremely professional. In addition, it gives the drink an incomparable flavor.

Frequently asked question: What variations are possible?

The specified mixing ratio is 2 parts orange juice to 1 part vodka. But it’s not set in stone, for example, a long drink that mainly consists of orange juice and a small amount of vodka can also be tasty and refreshing.

A few squirts of lemon juice can add the necessary bit of sourness to your Vodka Orange. On the other hand, you can also give the drink a slight sweetness by using a few drops of sugar syrup. There are no limits to your creativity.

Über Leon Zeschke | Avatar of leon zeschkeLeon is a food blogger, nutritionist, and passionate cocktail nerd. He loves trying out new cocktails and sharing his creations. Jonas is also one of the founders and part of the editorial team of
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