It’s been said that this cartoonishly-named cocktail was created in the 1950s by Hollywood bartender Donato Antone of Duke’s Blackwatch Bar. However, the drink didn’t earn its stripes until the 1970s when it appeared as part of a brand campaign for Galliano, the cocktail’s supporting Italian liqueur. It’s been surmised by drinks writer Robert Simonson that Antone collaborated with the brand’s importing company either to revive or create the Harvey Wallbanger, which, if true, would make him one America’s first cocktail consultants. Recently, Galliano returned to its original liqueur recipe from the 1890s, lending the Wallbanger a bit more legitimacy than it might’ve enjoyed in prior years.
- 1 1/2 ounces vodka
- 1/2 ounce Galliano
- 2 ounces orange juice (Golden Cadillac uses clarified OJ)
- 1 dash Angostura bitters
Garnish: orange wheel, salted
- Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker.
- Add ice and shake until chilled.
- Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a salted orange wheel.