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Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail

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Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail

Chug it and Take a 70s Trip!

  • 10 mins
  • Medium



Harvey Wallbanger is a classic ‘70s cocktail, one among many serendipitous results of mixing drinks. This drink contains vodka, orange juice, and Galliano. Galliano is a sweet liqueur manufactured by infusing alcohol with spices, such as star anise, vanilla, juniper berries, mint, and the hallmark ingredient, vanilla!

Word has it that, the originator of Galliano was an Italian by the name of Arturo Vaccari from Tuscany. However, the drink gets its name from an Italian war veteran, who was recognized for his role in the very first Italo-Ethiopian war. This liqueur also goes by the name Liquore Galliano L’Autentico.

As for the origin of Harvey Wallbanger, there are many a controversy surrounding it. McKesson Imports Company seems to take the credit, at least, for promoting the brand name.

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How to make Harvey Wallbanger

  1. Add ice cubes, vodka and orange juice in a Collins glass and mix well.
  2. Float Galliano on top.
  3. If you’re feeling fancy, garnish with a wedge of orange and enjoy your drink!

If you’re throwing a ‘70s-themed party, put on a pair of flared pants, play some Beetles’ music, and rock on with the ultimate Harvey Wallbanger.

This cocktail sure does come off as one of the best cocktails of all time. The mild sweetness from Galliano and the flavors of vanilla (that masks the smell of alcohol) and orange, make Harvey Wallbanger an all-time favorite among cocktail aficionados!


  • November 8th is celebrated as International Harvey Wallbanger Day.
  • The drink is named after a surfer purportedly named Harvey! Whether he is existed or not is still mystery. However, the name still lives on through this cocktail!


Bhavani is chiefly a food blogger and a performer and trainer of classical South Indian music. When she's not writing or singing, she interests herself with vegetarian cooking, DIY crafts, and spending time with friends and family.

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