Harvey Wallbanger

Harvey Wallbanger
Yields1 Serving
Prep Time3 mins

The Harvey Wallbanger is a variant of the Screwdriver, created in 1969 by the McKesson Imports Company, which enjoyed popularity in the 1970s. This cocktail benefits from using freshly squeezed orange juice.

 45 ml (1½ oz) vodka
 120 ml (4 oz) freshly squeezed orange juice
 20 ml (⅔ oz) Galliano L'Autentico
 Orange wheel for garnish
1

Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.

2

Add the vodka and enough freshly squeezed orange juice to almost fill the glass.

3

Float Galliano L'Autentico on top and garnish with an orange wheel and maraschino cherry.

The Harvey Wallbanger was created in 1969 as a marketing campaign by McKesson Imports Company, importer of Galliano, as a means of driving sales of Galliano. The campaign was headed by George Bednar, marketing director of McKesson, and a cartoon character was commissioned from graphic artist William J. "Bill" Young in Lima, New York, with the tagline that Bednar claimed to have penned: "Harvey Wallbanger is the name. And I can be made!" The Harvey Wallbanger character was a surfer, appearing in various ads during the campaign, and was mentioned in print as early as 1969, continuing into the 1970s.

The cocktail itself is credited to three-time world champion mixologist Donato "Duke" Antone, of Hartford, Connecticut, where he ran a bartending school, Bartending School of Mixology and worked as a cocktail consultant. It is unclear if Antone designed the drink for Galliano (to advertise the ingredient), or renamed an existing drink, as suggested by his grandson, who claimed the earlier version was called "Duke's Screwdriver". An implausible story of the origin is that it was invented in 1952 by Antone, and named after a surfer frequenting Antone's Blackwatch Bar on Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. This is implausible because at the time, Antone was running a bartending school in Hartford, and there is no evidence of any "Blackwatch Bar" in Los Angeles at the time, so it is presumably a fabrication; spirits writer Robert Simonson goes so far as to say that "no sane person ever believed that story."

Cocktail historian David Wondrich considers the Harvey Wallbanger the first successful consultant-created cocktail saying,

With Young's Harvey to blaze the way, Antone's simple—even dopey—drink would go on to be the first drink created by a consultant to actually take the nation by storm.

Harvey Wallbanger - from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Ingredients

 45 ml (1½ oz) vodka
 120 ml (4 oz) freshly squeezed orange juice
 20 ml (⅔ oz) Galliano L'Autentico
 Orange wheel for garnish

Directions

1

Fill a highball glass with ice cubes.

2

Add the vodka and enough freshly squeezed orange juice to almost fill the glass.

3

Float Galliano L'Autentico on top and garnish with an orange wheel and maraschino cherry.

Harvey Wallbanger

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