Harvey Wallbanger

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TypeMixed drink
Base spirit
ServedOn the rocks: poured over ice
Standard garnishorange slice and maraschino cherry
Standard drinkware
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. It is a variant of the screwdriver, and was very popular in the United States in the 1970s.


The Harvey Wallbanger was marketed with a cartoon character of a surfer of the same name.

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,[1][2] with the tagline that Bednar claimed to have penned: "Harvey Wallbanger is the name. And I can be made!"[3][4][5] The Harvey Wallbanger character was a surfer, appearing in various ads during the campaign, and was mentioned in print as early as 1969,[3] continuing into the 1970s.[6][7] The recipe displayed in the ads is:[1] "6 oz. O.J., 1 oz. vodka, stir with ice, splash in ½ oz. Galliano".

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.[3] It is unclear if Antone designed the drink for Galliano (to advertise the ingredient),[3] or renamed an existing drink, as suggested by his grandson, who claimed the earlier version was called "Duke's Screwdriver".[8] 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."[8]

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.[3]

Antone is also credited with the Freddy Fudpucker, which swaps vodka for tequila, but this was not nearly as popular.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Andreatta, David (2016-10-24). "Remember Harvey Wallbanger? Man who made drink a hit dies". Democrat & Chronicle.
  2. ^ Cazentre, Don (2017). Spirits & Cocktails of Upstate New York: A History. American Palate. pp. 121–125. ISBN 9781467137003.
  3. ^ a b c d e Simonson, Robert (December 14, 2012). "Searching for Harvey Wallbanger". Saveur Magazine. Archived from the original on February 20, 2016. Retrieved February 5, 2016.
  4. ^ "Obituary: George Bednar, 65, Was Successful Entrepreneur". News-Times (Danbury, CT). December 12, 2007.
  5. ^ Long, Sherry (December 11, 2007). "Area Cocktail King, Football Star Bednar Dies". Wilkes-Barre (PA) Times-Leader.
  6. ^ Commercial prints and labels: Volumes 21–26 by Library of Congress. Copyright Office in 1971
  7. ^ "Harvey Wallbanger is taking Bloody Mary's place at brunch; try a drink with Galliano." Sports Illustrated, p. 9 (May 31, 1971).
  8. ^ a b Dangremond, Sam (July 20, 2015). "How Classic Cocktails got their name". Town & Country Magazine.