The screwdriver is not a bad drink, but it isn’t a great drink. The combination of orange juice and vodka isn’t hard to swallow, but I’ve never been like, “You know what I really crave right now? A freakin’ screwdriver.”
A Paloma is one of my favourite “something and soft drinks,” mainly because it’s a good excuse to drink some grapefruit soft drink, the drink of my childhood. Combine it with tequila, and a little lime, and you have a very sunny, sippable cocktail you can build right in the glass.
This is due, in part, to the fact that orange juice is not exactly my favourite juice — it can be a bit acidic — but also, the drink is a bit flat. We can add a little flair, a little dimension and a little more booze.
Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao is a brandy-based, orange peel-infused liqueur that is more rich and complex than most citrus liqueurs, and — when mixed with fresh orange juice and vodka — it provides more orange flavour, but it’s a more sophisticated, well-rounded orange flavour.
When shook, it takes on a fluffy, creamsicle quality, but the acidic juice keeps thing from getting too sweet and syrupy. In short, it is very good. To make it, you will need:
- 60ml vodka
- 15ml Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
- 90ml orange juice (freshly squeezed if possible)
Combine everything in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously until the tin becomes too cold to hold comfortably. Strain into a lowball with more ice, and enjoy.