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If You Like Screwdrivers, You’ll Love These 5 Cocktails

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The combination of vodka and orange juice is one of the most crowd-pleasing duos in the history of two-ingredient drinks. For many, the Screwdriver is the first cocktail they ever tried and truly loved. But if you’re a diehard Screwdriver drinker and are curious about the wide world of cocktails, it’s easy to expand your horizons. These five cocktails have similar flavors and ingredients, which makes them extra easy drinking for Screwdriver fans.

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Ease out of your Screwdriver comfort zone with this classic cocktail that only adds one additional ingredient to the mix: Galliano. Even if you’re not familiar with this herbaceous, vanilla-flavored liqueur, you’ll definitely recognize its super tall, golden bottle towering over the rest of the booze at the bar. A measure of Galliano adds subtle depth to the Screwdriver, giving it a funky edge and a sweet vanilla twist.

The Essentials

vodka
orange juice
Galliano
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Fans of the Screwdriver might scoff at the low-ABV Mimosa, as it traditionally doesn’t contain hard liquor. But this variation from Meir Mualam of NYC’s The Green Room 42 will change their minds, thanks to the simple addition of vodka to the mix of Champagne and orange juice. It’s just as easy to drink, but it’s deceptively boozier. It can knock any man or woman off his or her feet.

The Essentials

orange juice
Vodka
Prosecco
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Ordering a Screwdriver at the bar can be embarrassing because it’s a dead giveaway that you’re stuck in a college drinking rut. Order the fancy Sidecar instead, a vintage cocktail made with Cognac, Cointreau orange liqueur, fresh lemon juice and a sugar rim. Sweet, citrusy and entirely non-intimidating, the Sidecar will impress your friends without overwhelming your palate.

The Essentials

Cognac
Cointreau
Lemon Juice
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Orange juice doesn’t taste great after baking in the hot sun, so this light, orange soda-topped sipper is an excellent day drinking alternative to the Screwdriver. Bitter, citrusy Campari gives it a boozy and complex flavor, but the two ingredient highball couldn’t be simpler to make. Just pour Campari and orange soda (we like San Pellegrino) over ice, and give it a stir.

The Essentials

Campari
Orange Soda
Ice
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If you’re ready to take things to the next level and become a bona fide drinking adult, mix up a Blood and Sand. The bracing, smoky flavor of scotch is tempered with familiar orange juice, as well as sweet vermouth and fruity Cherry Heering. It’s certainly an oddball drink, even for seasoned imbibers, so learning to like this beverage will earn you major cocktail cred.

The Essentials

Scotch
Sweet Vermouth
Cherry Heering

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