Meet Harvey Wallbanger !

Famous Restaurant Cocktail -
Interesting Story

The first time I met Harvey Wallbanger was at a cocktail party at a friend's house many, many years ago - long before I was a restaurant owner and long before I knew much about alcohol.

The hostess was a little older than I and knew a great deal about "in" drinks. She was making "Wallbangers" for everyone.

I remember thinking that it was a strange name for a drink. So I asked the hostess where the name came from. "Who was Harvey Wallbanger?" Little did I realize then that I would be able to guess at least where part of the name came from after I had my second cocktail.

I was told that Harvey was a California surfer in the 1950's and had lost a big surfing contest and had gone to a bar afterwards to drown his sorrows. The bar was owned by the world famous mixologist "Duke" Antone who also created the famous Rusty Nail.

Harvey ordered a special screwdriver, one with Galliano added. Galliano is a vanilla flavored Italian liqueur, yellow in color. The "Duke" mixed him a drink, then another and apparently another. When Harvey got up to leave he was somewhat beyond "tipsy." He banged into a wall. That was the birth of the cocktail recipe now named a "Wallbanger."

I don't have a clue as to whether this is a true story or not. But what I do remember is that the drink became so popular thousands of people wrote in the name of the cocktail when they voted for President. (Wasted votes, but some people thought it was quite funny.)

So here is how to make a ...

Harvey Wallbanger

Real Restaurant Drink Recipe

Preparation Time:  5 minutes. Serves 1


  • Ice cubes
  • 1 1/2 ounces of vodka
  • 4 ounces of orange juice (fresh squeezed makes the drink extra special)
  • 1/2 ounce of Galliano
  • Orange slice and/or maraschino cherry



  • Fill tall glass with ice cubes
  • Add vodka and orange juice and stir
  • Gently pour the Galliano across the back of a spoon to float the Galliano on top of the drink
  • Garnish with a orange slice and maraschino cherry

Enjoy your "Wallbanger" recipe and the company of those you share it with! Be careful, though. You don't want to be blessed with this name!


Did you know? Soon after the "Wallbanger" was "invented," Harvey acquired a relative named "Freddy Fudpucker." Freddy is a cocktail made the same way only using tequila instead of vodka.