November 8th is National Harvey Wallbanger Day, and we’re celebrating this classic cocktail with a look at how to mix up a perfect version.

Despite its simplicity a Harvey Wallbanger is a delightful drink that’s refreshing, easy to drink, and still complex enough to be interesting time and time again. It’s the perfect match for winter brunches, holiday parties, and is an easy, dynamic alternative to a screwdriver or mimosa.

Starting with the base of a screwdriver, the Harvey Wallbanger is made with vodka, fresh orange juice, and then the game changer––a float of Galliano L’Autentico. If you’re not familiar, Galliano is a sweet and herbal Italian liqueur made with a blend of 30 spices, herbs, and plant extracts. The spirit has a complex flavor with notes of vanilla and anise at the front followed by peppermint, lavender, cinnamon, and juniper. When mixed with orange juice the more subtle flavors are lost and the vanilla and anise shine through.

Mixing up this drink is straightforward and there isn’t too much room for mistakes, so it’s a great option for fast paced events. Some recipes call for a cherry or lime garnish, but we prefer an orange round.

Classic Harvey Wallbanger

Classic Harvey Wallbanger

Harvey Wallbanger

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. Galliano L’Autentico
  • 4 oz. Fresh squeezed Orange Juice

Preparation: Mix vodka and orange juice in a highball glass filled with ice cubes. Pour on a float of Galliano L’Autentico and garnish with an orange round.


Once you have the classic mastered you can mix up a riff!

Bartender Eric Johnson jokingly named his riff the “Hardly Wallbanger” as it takes the classic recipe and adds lemon, simple syrup , and vanilla to amplify the flavors of the Galliano.

Hardly Wallbanger

Hardly Wallbanger

Hardly Wallbanger

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Vodka
  • 1 oz. Galliano
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon
  • 2 oz. Fresh OJ
  • 1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
  • 2 dash of Vanilla Extract
  • Top with soda

Preparation: Mix ingredients (except soda) together until well combined. Top with soda and garnish with an orange.


Swapping the vodka for tequila, bar manager Christian Siglin created this unique riff as a tribute to Javier Plascencia at Bracero de Cocina de Raiz.

Javier Wallbanger

Javier Wallbanger

Javier Wallbanger

Recipe Courtesy of Bar Manager Christian Siglin of Bracero de Cocina de Raiz

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Tequila Ocho Plata
  • 1/2 oz. Galliano
  • 3/4 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1/2 oz. Vanilla Syrup (2:1 Ratio)
  • 1/4 oz. Allspice Dram

Preparation: Pour ingredients into shaker. Shake ingredients with two ice cubes. Strain cocktail into glass with crushed ice and garnish with an orange wedge. Enjoy!


When developing the beverage menu for disco-inspired MiniBar LA, bartender Jeremy Allen had a challenge in front of him –recreate the nostalgic drinks of the 70’s as craft cocktails. Allan shared that when creating the cocktails the Harvey Wallbanger was the most straightforward, he simply swapped the vodka with gin and added a few dashes of bitters.

Harvey Wallbanger

Harvey Wallbanger

Jeremy Allan’s Harvey Wallbanger

Created by Jeremy Allen of MiniBar LA

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz. City of London Dry Gin
  • 1 oz. Galliano
  • 2 oz. Fresh Orange Juice
  • 2 dashes Lemon Bitters

Preparation: Shake and strain over ice into a collins glass.