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Harvey Wallbanger

The Harvey Wallbanger cocktail: a classic, sweet and simple drink with an interesting history and some tasty variations to try.

What You'll Need

1.5 oz
0.5 oz
Fresh orange juice
3 oz


Collins Glass
Basic Bar Tools


Stir vodka and orange juice with ice in a glass
Float Galliano on top
Garnish with an orange twist
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More About This Drink

This classic Harvey Wallbanger cocktail recipe is pretty delicious and simple, and we’re going to dive into its history a bit below. But first, here are a few related cocktail recipes you may like: the Butterscotch White Russian, the Caramel White Russian, the Chocolate White Russian, the Salted Caramel White Russian, the White Russian Split, and the Coconut Rum White Russian. And in terms of the history of the Harvey Wallbanger cocktail? We’re betting the first questions in your mind are Where does that name come from and Who do we thank for making such a sweet (literally) classic cocktail? According to the Harvey Wallbanger cocktail Wikithe Harvey Wallbanger cocktail Wiki, “The Harvey Wallbanger appears in literature as early as 1971,” and is “reputed to have been invented in 1952 by three-time world champion mixologist Donato ‘Duke’ Antone, and named by Antone after a surfer frequenting Antone's Blackwatch Bar in Los Angeles.” Bang, no wonder this drink is so good — it was invented by a three-time world champion mixologist! (Tipsy Bartender has invented a lot of our own creations too though, just saying….) The Harvey Wallbanger Wiki also notes, however, that Robert Simonson goes so far as to say that "no sane person ever believed that story [the one described above].” Simonson also apparently “emphasizes the lack of a historical record for any Blackwatch Bar, and indicates that, in fact, Antone lived in Hartford, Connecticut, rather than Los Angeles during the relevant period.” Regardless of who made or named the drink, this yellow cocktail has a timeless moniker. As Saveur notes, “The Harvey Wallbanger has one of the most memorable names in cocktail history.” (This article then goes on to note that this fine vodka cocktail was made at “a time of sloppy, foolish drinks made with sour mix and other risible [sic] shortcuts to flavor.” As a side note, if you’ve taken a look at the recipe description or video above, you’ve already noted that it’s really similar to the classic Screwdriver cocktail recipe. What’s up with that? Are the Harvey Wallbanger and the Classic Screwdriver the same thing? No! The Harvey Wallbanger adds Galliano. And what is Galliano? It’s a sweet herbal liqueur. So that should give you some sense as to how this drink tastes relative the classic Screwdriver recipe. And if you’re just looking for any cocktail that calls for orange juice, here are are some other ones: The Orange Bulldog Margarita, The Orange Crush #1, the Gin & Juice, the Orange Creamsicle Mimosa, and the Orange Mojito. HARVEY WALLBANGER 1 1/2 oz. (45ml) Vodka 1/2 oz. (15ml) Galliano 3 oz. (90ml) Fresh Orange Juice Garnish: Orange Twist PREPARATION 1. Stir vodka and orange juice with ice in a glass. 2. Float Galliano on top. Garnish with an orange twist. 3. DRINK RESPONSIBLY!

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