The Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail

Since there is a national day for nearly anything, on November 8th, we celebrate National Harvey Wallbanger day.  This modern classic was popular in the 1970s disco era and is similar to the Screwdriver made with Vodka, Orange Juice and a float of Galliano Liqueur.

Although it is rumored to have been first created in the 1952 by Donato “Duke” Antone at Duke’s Backwatch Bar in Hollywood in Southern California. Another account says it was branding magic from George Bednar’s Galliano marketing campaign in the 2960s.  Robert Simonson, explored the cocktail’s history in his piece “Searching for Harvey Wallbanger” for Saveur.  Regardless of this drink’s true origin, let’s raise a Harvey Wallbanger.

Harvey Wallbanger Recipe

  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 4 oz orange juice
  • 0.5 oz Galliano L’Autentico (floated on top with a bar spoon)
  • Orange slice and cherry for garnish
  • Served in a tall Collins glass

Here are some bars across the U.S. celebrating National Harvey Wallbanger Day:

  • Denver #HashTAG (Denver, CO) Fro-J frozen twist on the classic with 70’s throwback prices for the day at just $3
  • Buffalo & Bergen at Union Market (Washington DC) – Harvey Wallbanger
  • Mandarin Hide (St. Petersberg, FL) – Harvey Wallbanger
  • Whitechapel (San Francisco) – Hippie Wallbanger
  • Poor Red’s (El Dorado, CA [Sacramento]) – Three twists on the Harvey Wallbanger based on mezcal, gin, and rye as well as the traditional Harvey Wallbanger
  • The Kitchen Step (Jersey City, NJ) – Harvey Wallbanger
  •  The Rising (Cambridge, MA) – Harvey Wallbanger
  • Harbor Bar & Grill (Metarie, LA [NEW ORLEANS]) – Harvey Wallbanger
  • Mini Bar (Hollywood) – Harvey Wallbanger
  • Hand in Hand (Atlanta) – Harvey Wallbanger
  • Screwdriver Bar (Seattle) – Three twists on the Harvey Wallbanger based on mezcal, gin, and rye as well as a traditional Harvey Wallbanger
  • Anvil Bar & Refuge (Houston) – Harvey Wallbanger
  • The Honeywell (New York City) – Superfly Swizzle

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