We all love a long drink in the middle of a heatwave in Britain right? Almost as much as we love a good double entendre, which brings me nicely onto the subject of today’s post: the Slow Comfortable Screw.
Come on, that segue was flawless.
The SCS – I’m turning it into an acronym because it’s a VERY long name and I’m hoping that, fingers crossed, no one thinks of the sofa store instead – is a twist on the classic Screwdriver cocktail. You still have the familiar comfort of orange juice and vodka that is so refreshing as a long drink, but the little dashes of sloe gin and Southern Comfort elevate the drink with a touch of sophistication. Well, as sophisticated as it can be with name like a Slow Comfortable Screw anyway!
It’s an easy drinker that can be enjoyed at any time of the day, any time of the year. The orange juice is punchy and tart but the sloe gin adds a hint of sweetness that balances the acidity, whereas the Southern Comfort brings some spice to round out the flavour profile nicely. The downside to the SCS is that it won’t set your world on fire; with 4 to 6 ounces of orange juice compared to a maximum of 3 ounces of booze, it’s a relatively weak drink. However, this can also be a benefit depending on the situation as this is the type of cocktail that is best suited for large gatherings or fussy drinkers due to the amount of orange juice that will dilute the ABV enough to make it acceptable to just about anyone. It’s fruit and fun, but not too harsh if you had more than a few of them either.
Either way, it’s a solid, reliable drink that is perfect for when you feel slightly lazy – just don’t expect it to rock your world.
♦ 2 ounces vodka
♦ ½ ounce sloe gin
♦ ½ ounce Southern Comfort
♦ 4 to 6 ounces chilled orange juice
Shake all the first 3 ingredients together and strain into a tall glass. Top with the orange juice and serve.