Cocktail of the Week: The Harvey Wallbanger


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Nov. 8 is National Harvey Wallbanger Day and I’m here for it. Although The Harvey Wallbanger has one of the most memorable names in cocktail history, it also has one of the worst reputations. The drink gained notoriety in the 1970s, a cocktail era drowning in sweet, uncreative drinks full of sour mix and cheap fruit juices, a cocktail era many drink historians refer to as “Death Valley.” The Harvey Wallbanger does, in fact, fit nicely into this category but I really don’t think it’s that horrible.

The cocktail is made with a mix of vodka, Galliano, and orange juice. Galliano is a rich, sweet liqueur with a vanilla-anise flavor, and to be honest, I think it pairs well with orange citrus. I mean I wouldn’t order more than one Harvey Wallbanger in a single sitting but it does satisfy a sweet tooth without being “too much.” So without further ado, I give you, The Harvey Wallbanger.


  • Vodka
  • Galliano
  • Orange juice (per usual, fresh is best)
  • Orange slice and a maraschino cherry as garnish
  • Ice

One Serving Recipe

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 1.5 oz Galliano
  • 1 oz  fresh orange juice

Fill a collins glass with ice, add vodka and orange juice to the glass. Next, layer the Galliano on top by pouring it slowly over the back of a bar spoon. Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.

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