Harvey Wallbanger
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Harvey Wallbanger
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The Harvey Wallbanger is reported to have been invented in 1952 by three-time world champion mixologist Donato 'Duke' Antone (Paolantonio), the brother-in-law of New York state Senator Carlo Lanzillotti. The Harvey Wallbanger is reported to have been invented in 1952 by three-time world champion mixologist Donato 'Duke' Antone (Paolantonio), the brother-in-law of New York state Senator Carlo Lanzillotti.
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1952
Base ingredient
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Galliano
Garnish
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Orange, cocktail cherry
Alcohol content
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15% | 2.25 units *
Details
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Classic
Stirred

Highball glass

Ingredients

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Serves:
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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Harvey Wallbanger is a sunny delight with its bright, citrusy notes from orange juice elegantly balanced by the herbal sweetness of Galliano and the clean bite of vodka. This cocktail invites you with its playful name and keeps you with its harmonious, layered flavors that breathe life into the rather simple base of vodka and orange, making it intensely refreshing and pleasantly surprising with every sip.

Method
How to make a Harvey Wallbanger

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the vodka and orange juice to a highball glass with ice and stir
Carefully float the Galliano on top
Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry, and serve

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Highball  ·  Stir  ·  Float  ·  Garnish  · 

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Harvey Wallbanger cocktail?

The Harvey Wallbanger is believed to have been invented in the 1950s by a mixologist named Donato 'Duke' Antone at his bar, the Blackwatch Bar in Los Angeles. The drink reportedly gained popularity in the 1970s. It's named after a surfer and regular patron of the bar, Tom Harvey, who supposedly banged his head against the wall after consuming too many of these cocktails.

FAQ

What does the Harvey Wallbanger taste like?

The Harvey Wallbanger has a sweet, herbal, and fruity flavor profile. The combination of vodka and orange juice creates a smooth and refreshing base, with the Galliano adding a distinct taste of vanilla, anise, and herbs. The Galliano also imparts a slight sweetness, making the cocktail well-balanced and easy to drink.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Can the Harvey Wallbanger be made as a non-alcoholic version?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version of the Harvey Wallbanger can easily be made by substituting the vodka with non-alcoholic vodka or simply excluding it and using a non-alcoholic vanilla or herbal syrup in place of Galliano. This version maintains the fruity and sweet flavor profile of the original cocktail.

FAQ

What is the significance of the glass used for a Harvey Wallbanger?

A highball glass is used for the Harvey Wallbanger to accommodate the volume of the drink while allowing ample room for ice. The shape of the glass also enhances the visual appeal of the layered effect created by the Galliano, and it's comfortable to hold while ensuring the flavors are well mixed when stirred.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of a Harvey Wallbanger compare to other cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 15%, the Harvey Wallbanger is considered to be on the lighter side in terms of alcoholic strength compared to other classic cocktails. For example, a typical Margarita has an alcohol content of around 20%, and an Old Fashioned can be as high as 30% alcohol by volume. This makes the Harvey Wallbanger a great choice for those who prefer a less potent cocktail option.

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