The Story Behind The Nutty Screwdriver

The Screwdriver is one of the most basic cocktails in any bartender’s repertoire. In fact, some professionals don’t actually count it as a cocktail, saying it contains too few essential ingredients.

I’ve created an elevated version with Amaretto and lime juice. The Amaretto brings a wonderfully nutty flavor profile as well as considerable sweetness. The lime juice helps keep that in check. Its slight acidity and wonderfully sour palate cut through the sugar.


  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka
  • ½ ounce Amaretto
  • 1 ounce lime juice
  • 2 ounces orange juice


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake to chill and combine.
  3. Strain into a highball glass over fresh ice.

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Updated: 2018-06-12

This elevated twist on the classic screwdriver brings a delightful nutty sweetness that is balanced by an extra kick of lime.