Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail Drink

Harvey Wallbanger

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Written by Gavin Wrigley
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This Harvey Wallbanger recipe has all the ingredients you need. It’s easy to make, and the drink delivers a refreshing and balanced taste.

Harvey Wallbanger Recipe

Kick back with this simple Harvey Wallbanger recipe! With vodka, orange juice, and a splash of Galliano, this vibrant cocktail makes any occasion feel like a celebration.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

184 kl

Ingredients

  • oz Vodka
  • 3 oz orange juice
  • ½ oz Galliano
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Vodka: Pour 1½ oz Vodka over the ice.
  • Add Orange Juice: Measure and pour 3 oz orange juice into the glass.
  • Stir Gently: Mix the vodka and orange juice with a bar spoon.
  • Float Galliano: Carefully float ½ oz Galliano on top.
  • Garnish (optional): Add an orange slice or cherry for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: If you run out of vodka, try gin for a more botanical touch. I've also swapped out the vodka for tequila for a citrusy kick.
  • Galliano: Anise liqueur or Sambuca could work if you don't have Galliano. They'll alter the taste but still offer that herbal complexity.
  • Orange Juice: Freshly squeezed blood orange juice adds a different flavor and beautiful color to the drink.

Making a Pitcher of Harvey Wallbanger:

  • Scale: To serve 8, you'll need 12 oz of vodka, 24 oz of orange juice, and 4 oz of Galliano.
  • Mix: Combine the vodka and orange juice in a large pitcher. Stir well.
  • Serve: Float the Galliano on top right before pouring the mixture into ice-filled Highball glasses. Garnish and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic vodka or sparkling water for fizz.
  • Galliano Substitute: Make a simple syrup infused with vanilla and a hint of anise.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic options and follow the original steps for a mocktail version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Booze: Ensure that the brands of vodka and Galliano you're using are vegan-friendly.
  • Orange Juice: Opt for freshly squeezed orange juice or read the label to ensure no added animal-derived ingredients like Omega-3.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
184
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.2
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.02
g
0
%
Sodium
 
1
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Fiber
 
0.2
g
1
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Potassium
 
171
mg
5
%
Protein
 
1
g
2
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.03
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.03
g
Vitamin A
 
170
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
43
mg
52
%
Calcium
 
9
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail Drink

Harvey Wallbanger Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Kick back with this simple Harvey Wallbanger recipe! With vodka, orange juice, and a splash of Galliano, this vibrant cocktail makes any occasion feel like a celebration.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 184

Ingredients
 

  • oz Vodka
  • 3 oz orange juice
  • ½ oz Galliano
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your Highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Vodka: Pour 1½ oz Vodka over the ice.
  • Add Orange Juice: Measure and pour 3 oz orange juice into the glass.
  • Stir Gently: Mix the vodka and orange juice with a bar spoon.
  • Float Galliano: Carefully float ½ oz Galliano on top.
  • Garnish (optional): Add an orange slice or cherry for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Vodka: If you run out of vodka, try gin for a more botanical touch. I've also swapped out the vodka for tequila for a citrusy kick.
  • Galliano: Anise liqueur or Sambuca could work if you don't have Galliano. They'll alter the taste but still offer that herbal complexity.
  • Orange Juice: Freshly squeezed blood orange juice adds a different flavor and beautiful color to the drink.

Making a Pitcher of Harvey Wallbanger:

  • Scale: To serve 8, you'll need 12 oz of vodka, 24 oz of orange juice, and 4 oz of Galliano.
  • Mix: Combine the vodka and orange juice in a large pitcher. Stir well.
  • Serve: Float the Galliano on top right before pouring the mixture into ice-filled Highball glasses. Garnish and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Vodka Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic vodka or sparkling water for fizz.
  • Galliano Substitute: Make a simple syrup infused with vanilla and a hint of anise.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic options and follow the original steps for a mocktail version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Booze: Ensure that the brands of vodka and Galliano you're using are vegan-friendly.
  • Orange Juice: Opt for freshly squeezed orange juice or read the label to ensure no added animal-derived ingredients like Omega-3.

What is a Harvey Wallbanger?

Harvey Wallbanger is a cocktail with vodka, orange juice, and Galliano. The drink gained popularity in the 1970s and has been a staple on cocktail menus ever since. The unique name often sparks curiosity, but the balanced flavors keep people ordering it. You don’t have to be a bartender to appreciate a Harvey Wallbanger; its straightforward ingredients make it accessible for anyone who enjoys a good cocktail.

A side shot of a Harvey Wallbanger cocktail in a highball glass with two straws on a wooden coaster placed on a wooden table surrounded by orange slices.

What is a Harvey Wallbanger made of – The ingredients

To craft a Harvey Wallbanger, you’ll require these ingredients:

  • Vodka: Provides the alcoholic base and a clean, neutral backdrop for the other flavors.
  • Orange Juice: Adds natural sweetness and citrus notes, brightening the drink.
  • Galliano: Contributes herbal complexity and a vanilla-anise flavor profile.
  • Ice Cubes: Chill the components, enhancing the refreshing quality of the cocktail.
  • Orange Slice or Cherry (Optional): Serves as a garnish, adding visual appeal and a hint of extra flavor.

Vodka, Galliano, and orange juice laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Harvey Wallbanger?

Discover how to mix a Harvey Wallbanger by following our easy-to-understand guide:

1
<p>Fill your Highball glass with ice cubes to prepare the glass for the cocktail.</p>

Fill your Highball glass with ice cubes to prepare the glass for the cocktail.

2
<p>Pour 1½ oz of vodka over the ice to establish the alcoholic base of the drink.</p>

Pour 1½ oz of vodka over the ice to establish the alcoholic base of the drink.

3
<p>Add 3 oz of orange juice into the glass, blending with the vodka for a citrusy sweetness.</p>

Add 3 oz of orange juice into the glass, blending with the vodka for a citrusy sweetness.

4
<p>Use a bar spoon to mix the vodka and orange juice, ensuring the flavors meld nicely.</p>

Use a bar spoon to mix the vodka and orange juice, ensuring the flavors meld nicely.

5
<p>Carefully float ½ oz of Galliano on top of the mixture, adding an herbal complexity to the drink.</p>

Carefully float ½ oz of Galliano on top of the mixture, adding an herbal complexity to the drink.

6
<p>Enjoy your Harvey Wallbanger!</p>

Enjoy your Harvey Wallbanger!

What is a Modern Harvey Wallbanger

The Modern Harvey Wallbanger takes the foundational elements of the original—vodka, Galliano, and orange juice—and elevates them through the use of high-end or specialized versions of these ingredients. Some versions even experiment with flavored vodkas or unique herbal liqueurs, offering a fresh take while honoring the original formula.

Harvey Wallbanger vs. Screwdriver Drink

The Harvey Wallbanger and the Screwdriver feature vodka and orange juice, but they diverge significantly. First, the Harvey Wallbanger incorporates Galliano, an herbal liqueur that adds complex, anise-like flavors to the drink. This ingredient sets the Harvey Wallbanger apart by giving it an extra layer of depth and complexity. Second, the presentation often differs; while both can be served in a highball glass, the Harvey Wallbanger frequently features an orange slice or cherry as a garnish. These differences make the Harvey Wallbanger a more intricate and layered beverage than the simpler, citrus-focused Screwdriver.

Can I make a Harvey Wallbanger with Gin?

Gin can add a botanical kick to the cocktail, making it more adventurous. If you’re going the gin route, consider using a classic like Tanqueray for its juniper-forward profile or Beefeater for a more citrusy touch. Fans of floral gins might opt for Bombay Sapphire. But if you’re new to gin and want something that plays it safe while offering complexity, Hendrick’s is a solid choice; its cucumber and rose notes will blend nicely without overpowering the Galliano and orange juice. 

Best Vodka for a Harvey Wallbanger

Choosing the right vodka for your Harvey Wallbanger can be a game-changer. The market’s flooded with options, so let’s narrow it down. If you’re going all-out, Grey Goose or Belvedere offer the smoothness that elevates the whole drink. On the other hand, if you’re watching your budget, Tito’s and Stolichnaya are reliable picks that won’t let you down. But let’s cut to the chase: I’d go with Ketel One for the best bang for your buck. It’s a versatile, quality vodka that won’t break the bank. Its clean, neutral flavor lets the Galliano and orange juice shine, making it my go-to for a Harvey Wallbanger that impresses without fuss.

A side shot of a Harvey Wallbanger cocktail in a highball glass with a straw on a wooden coaster placed on a wooden table and two orange slices behind.

Variations

Want to try a unique twist on the Harvey Wallbanger? Check out our recommended variations:

  • Golden Cadillac: This concoction brings together Galliano, white crème de cacao, and light cream. The creamy texture coupled with the sweet herbal notes of Galliano creates a luxurious experience. The addition of white crème de cacao gives it a chocolatey undertone. I am particularly drawn to the velvety richness of this mix; it feels like a decadent dessert in a glass.
  • Golden Dream: A Golden Dream blend combines Galliano, orange juice, white crème de cacao, and light cream. The citrus punch of orange juice adds a bright note to the creamy and chocolatey flavors. I enjoy the harmonious fusion of citrus and creamy elements; it’s like a delightful citrus dessert that tantalizes the taste buds.
  • Freddy Fudpucker: Tequila replaces vodka in this intriguing concoction, mixed with orange juice and Galliano. The distinctive flavor of tequila brings a bold twist, while the orange juice adds a familiar citrusy sweetness. The Galliano’s herbal sweetness rounds it out. This combination is a bold and zesty adventure, offering a tantalizing twist on the familiar.

A side shot of a Harvey Wallbanger cocktail in a highball glass with two straws on a wooden coaster placed on a wooden table and orange slices around.

History and Origin

The Harvey Wallbanger emerged as a popular cocktail in the United States during the 1970s, but its origins are a subject of debate and lore. One popular story attributes the cocktail to a California bartender named Donato “Duke” Antone, who allegedly invented the drink in the late 1950s. According to this tale, he called the cocktail after a surfer named Harvey, who frequented his bar. After having too many of these drinks, Harvey would bang into the walls, hence the name “Wallbanger.”

Marketing also played a significant role in popularizing the Harvey Wallbanger. The Galliano brand aggressively promoted the cocktail as part of an advertising campaign to boost sales of their herbal liqueur. The efforts proved successful, and the Harvey Wallbanger quickly gained a following, becoming a staple in bars and a symbol of cocktail culture in the ’70s. Although its popularity waned in the next decades, it has experienced a resurgence in recent years as bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts rediscover and reinterpret this classic.

 

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Harvey Wallbanger?
It typically has around 220-240 calories, depending on the brands of alcohol and juice used.
How strong is the Harvey Wallbanger in terms of ABV and proof?
The cocktail's strength varies by the ingredients, but it generally has an ABV of around 20-25% and a proof of 40-50.
What type of alcohol is used in a Harvey Wallbanger?
Vodka serves as the primary alcohol.
In which type of glass is it served?
The drink is typically served in a Highball glass.
What does a Harvey Wallbanger taste like?
It tastes like a blend of citrus from the orange juice, herbal complexity from the Galliano, and a clean backdrop provided by vodka.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Harvey Wallbanger?
The standard ratio is 1½ oz of vodka, 3 oz of orange juice, and ½ oz of Galliano.
How is it served in terms of ice and temperature?
It's is served over ice and should be consumed while cold.

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