About this recipe
Champion bartender Donato ‘Duke’ Antone is credited with the original recipe for the Harvey Wallbanger. He made the drink in 1952 for an unknown local surfer who frequented his bar, the Blackwatch bar on Sunset Boulevard, and demanded one day that Galliano liqueur be added to his Screwdriver cocktail. The cocktail grew quickly in popularity, helped by some nifty marketing work by Galliano salesman George Bednar, peaking in the 1970s where it was a staple on many bars across the world – not just on the West Coast of the US. It has enjoyed a recent resurgence since Galliano returned to its original recipe.
The classic Harvey Wallbanger is made by mixing Smirnoff No.21 Vodka and orange juice in a Highball glass with ice. Then slowly pour a measure of Galliano Liqueur onto the liquid so that the liqueur ‘floats’ on the surface of the drink. The visual punch is completed with a garnish of a maraschino cherry and a slice of orange.
Variations include the Wally Wallbanger, made with whisky instead of vodka and garnished with a sprig of mint, and the Freddy Wallbanger, made with Don Julio Blanco Tequila and a dash of Kahlua.
So if you want to create the feeling of warm holidays in the sun, put together this fine mixed drink, one that if made properly will definitely impress.