harvey wallbanger in a glass

The Harvey Wallbanger is a simple cocktail that includes a few basic ingredients which are vodka, orange and Galliano liqueur. The Galliano liqueur most certainly gives this cocktail its distinctive taste though.

Galliano

Galliano has quite a sweet, herbaceous flavour. It’s history dates back to 1896 when it was invented by brandy producer Antonio Vaccari in the Tuscan city of Livorno. He named the creation for Guiseppe Galliano, who was a hero of the Italio-Ethiopian War.

The Name

There was an old story circulating in the 1970’s that the cocktail was created by a bartender named Donato ‘Duke’ Antone at his Los Angeles Bar ‘The Blackwatch’ for a surfer named Tom Harvey.

The story goes that Harvey got so drunk on the cocktail that he began running into the walls, which then gave the cocktail its name. Could be true?

This cocktail was a great favourite from the early 1970’s-1980’s. In the late 1970’s it was also one I used to ‘sneak’ at family parties!

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The Recipe

The Harvey Wallbanger – An Old Favourite

5 from 3 votes
Recipe by Cath Hebdon Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy
Servings

1

servings
Prep time

2

minutes
Calories

233

kcal

The Harvey Wallbanger is a simple cocktail that includes a few basic ingredients which are vodka, orange and Galliano liqueur.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces Vodka

  • 4 ounces orange Juice

  • .5 ounce Galliano Liqueur

  • orange slice and cherries to garnish

Directions

  • Pour the vodka and orange juice into a tall glass with ice cubes.
  • Layer the Galliano on top by pouring it slowly over the back of a spoon.
  • Add garnishes as required.

I hope you enjoy this old classic cocktail, I certainly do – cheers !

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