From the past: the Harvey Wallbanger

Invented in 1952 the cocktail became popular in the 1970s and again in the 1990s

The Harvey Wallbanger was invented by a three-time world champion mixologist Duke Antone. The cocktail is said to be named after a Manhattan beach surfer who lost a surfing competition.

 As with many cocktails, we add one ingredient at a time to the glass.  The Harvey Wallbanger is like a complex screwdriver. This cocktail became famous in the 1970s from a mascot of a silly cartoon character that promoted the Galliano liqueur. The Harvey Wallbanger became popular and became a staple through the 1990s . Then it faded when speakeasies became more trendy.

The Harvey Wallbanger is a simple cocktail with a sweet and exquisite flavor. This cocktail only consisted of three ingredients, vodka, orange juice and Galliano, when invented.  The Tiki glass was designed for this cocktail and was used to serve the cocktail on the beach.

Galliano, a sweet herbal liqueur, was invented in 1896 by the Italian distiller and brandy producer Arturo Vaccari of Livorno, Tuscany. Galliano L’ Authtico is a neutral alcohol and is infused with the pressings from the herbs except for the vanilla. It was re-launched in 2010 with bigger and brighter flavor.

In the cocktail today we have the three main ingredients with additional ones for a wonderful cocktail flavor. 

1½ oz. Vodka

1 oz. Galliano

2 oz. Orange Juice

½ oz. Lemon Juice

¼ oz. simple syrup (optional)

2 dashes Vanilla Extract

Splash of soda

In a shaker combine all ingredients except for the soda. Shake vigorously for eight seconds. Pour over fresh ice. Top with soda. Garnish with an orange slice and cherry. Enjoy!

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