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Harvey Wallbanger

If you grew up in the ’70s/’80s, the first you heard of a Harvey Wallbanger may have been as a pun on a sitcom. This cocktail was in vogue for a while in the ’70s, but it faded into obscurity after that.

Harvey Wallbanger drink in tall glass

It’s basically a screwdriver (orange juice with vodka) with the addition of Galliano. If you’ve never had Galliano, it’s a liqueur which tastes mainly like vanilla with anise. But it also has citrus and other herbal notes. It’s a very complicated flavor.

And it’s definitely something you have to try before you’ll know if you like it, so if you’ve never had Galliano, you may want to order a Harvey Wallbanger at a bar before buying the Galliano to make it at home.

Tilted angle view of Harvey Wallbanger drink in tall glass

Legend has it this drink was named for a Manhattan Beach surfer named Harvey who loved it to much, he got drunk on it all the time and ran into walls.


  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Galliano
  • 4 ounces Orange Juice

Fill a frosty highball glass with ice, then pour the vodka and orange juice over it, then float the Galliano on top.

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