Blood Orange Screwdrivers

Blood oranges are in season, and despite their gruesome name, blood oranges are such a wonderful fruit. Their unassuming exterior – they pretty much just look like any other orange – hides gorgeous garnet sections that, when squeezed, make for a stunning juice that’s almost neon pink in color.

Food bloggers love them, of course. I mean, have you seen these pretty pink blood orange bars? Or these gorgeous margaritas? Or these insane donuts? Or this sorbet?!

So naturally, I thought I’d trash it up a bit. That’s right … blood orange screwdrivers, baby!

Blood orange screwdrivers | Kitchen Treaty

Ahh, screwdrivers. So easy, so delicious, so dangerous, so … old school. Is it just me, or don’t you totally equate screwdrivers with strawberry Boones, Bartles & James wine coolers and Schmidt beer? Or is it just me and the fact that I had way too many screwdrivers in red Solo cups at illicit high school strictly-over-21 parties?

Well, no matter. Because I think the introduction of fresh blood orange juice might just fancy it up a bit. Especially when you mix it with good vodka and abandon the red plastic cup for, you know, a nice glass number. Pure class, my friends, pure class.

Blood orange screwdrivers | Kitchen Treaty

Oh, and they’re great for V-Day, too, if you’re thinking about that already. Because how cool is it that you can hand a Valentine-pink cocktail to a romantic prospect and say, “wanna screw … driver?”

Blood orange screwdrivers | Kitchen Treaty

Yes? No? Okay. Sorry, sorry.

Print Recipe

Blood Orange Screwdrivers

Fresh blood orange juice makes for a pretty pink twist on the classic screwdriver.


  • 4 ounces fresh-squeezed blood orange juice (about 3 medium blood oranges)
  • 2 ounces fresh-squeezed navel orange juice (about 1 medium orange) (can substitute more blood orange juice if desired)
  • 2 ounces good vodka
  • Ice


  1. Add juices and vodka to a highball glass. Stir. Fill with ice. Serve.


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13 Responses to “Blood Orange Screwdrivers”

  1. a farmer in the dell posted on January 24, 2013 at 10:26 am

    I love blood oranges. And those screwdrivers are beautiful! yum

    • Kare posted on January 24, 2013 at 10:33 am

      They really are so pretty! It feels a little wrong making them into screwdrivers … and also a lot right. ;)

  2. Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies posted on January 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    After the week I’ve had, I could use about 3 of these right now. And they are so pretty and pink! :)

    • Kare posted on January 28, 2013 at 6:56 am

      Sorry to hear you had a bad week! I think I remember you saying you’re not much of a drinker so this one *must* have been bad. Hope this one is much better. :)

  3. Jill posted on January 24, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    I recently found your blog and love your recipes! This is a great drink to remind us that spring is coming. Thanks!

    • Kare posted on January 28, 2013 at 6:57 am

      Thank you so much Jill! Yes, the bright cheery color helps us see that spring is on the way … I don’t know about you, but I need it badly!

  4. sally @ sallys baking addiction posted on January 25, 2013 at 10:30 am

    mmm this is just what the doctor ordered this afternoon. I love screwdrivers but have never had them with blood orange juice before. I have to try it! Gorgeous photos. Now I’m thirsty. :)

    • Kare posted on January 28, 2013 at 6:58 am

      Thank you thank you! They definitely hit the spot on a Friday afternoon.

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