Harvey Wallbanger

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TypeMixed drink
Base spirit
ServedOn the rocks: poured over ice
Standard garnishorange slice and maraschino cherry
Standard drinkware
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Highball glass
Commonly used ingredients
PreparationStir the vodka and orange juice with ice in the glass, then float the Galliano on top. Garnish and serve.
Commonly servedAll day

The Harvey Wallbanger is a mixed drink made with vodka, Galliano, and orange juice.


The Harvey Wallbanger appears in literature as early as 1971.[1][2] The cocktail is reputed to have been invented in 1952 by three-time world champion mixologist Donato "Duke" Antone, and named by Antone after a surfer frequenting Antone's Blackwatch Bar in Los Angeles. However, recent research by culinary historians casts doubt on this theory. Spirits writer Robert Simonson goes so far as to say that "no sane person ever believed that story."[3] Simonson emphasizes the lack of a historical record for any Blackwatch Bar, and indicates that, in fact, Antone lived in Hartford, Connecticut, rather than Los Angeles during the relevant period.[4]

Other historians such as David Wondrich emphasize the role of McKesson Imports Company and its marketing team for developing the drink, confirming among other things that the company commissioned a graphic artist to develop a "Harvey Wallbanger" scantily-clad surfer mascot in the late 1960s.[4] It is known that McKesson executive George Bednar was instrumental in promoting the drink as a means of selling its component Galliano liqueur, and Bednar claimed to have penned a popular tagline for the drink: "Harvey Wallbanger is the name. And I can be made!".[5][6]

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  1. ^ Commercial prints and labels: Volumes 21–26 by Library of Congress. Copyright Office in 1971
  2. ^ "Harvey Wallbanger is taking Bloody Mary's place at brunch; try a drink with Galliano." Sports illustrated, p. 9 (May 31, 1971).
  3. ^ Dangremond, Sam (July 20, 2015). "How Classic Cocktails got their name". Town & Country Magazine.
  4. ^ a b Simonson, Robert (December 14, 2012). "Searching for Harvey Wallbanger". Saveur Magazine. Archived from the original on February 20, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  5. ^ "Obituary: George Bednar, 65, Was Successful Entrepreneur". News-Times (Danbury, CT). December 12, 2007.
  6. ^ Long, Sherry (December 11, 2007). "Area Cocktail King, Football Star Bednar Dies". Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times-Leader.
  7. ^ Lacy, J (1967). ”Mixologist Face the World with Confidence” The Hartford Courant; Hartford CT
  8. ^ Willis, J.C. (1973). “Here's Practical Guide to Mixing Drinks”: Hartford Times: Hartford CT
  9. ^ Ryan, B. (1972). “An Engaging Class Knows the Latest in Libation” The Hartford Times: Hartford CT
  10. ^ Linsley, C. (1972). “25 Years of New Bartenders” Hartford Times: Hartford CT.
  11. ^ "Are You Ready to Get a Taste of the Harvey Wallbanger?".
  12. ^ "Michael Savage explains why he calls Sean Hannity 'the Wallbanger'". MFP. 5 May 2014.