Harvey Wallbanger

Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail
Patrick Spears / Supercall

The birth of the Harvey Wallbanger cocktail is murky at best, so we’re gonna chalk it up to that most potent combination: marketing and folklore. The oral history of the drink states that Donato “Duke” Antone created the drink in Hollywood at his Blackwatch Bar in 1952. He is said to have named it after surfer Tom Harvey, who, it’s said, would drink until he started running into walls. But while this is a most colorful story, when the drink’s popularity exploded during the 1970s, no record of Tom could be found. Revisionist cocktail historians suggest that Antone worked with the marketing director of McKesson Imports Co. George Bednar, who handled Galliano, the herbal vanilla liqueur used in the drink. No matter the origin, fans of the Harvey Wallbanger can always count on Galliano to give vodka and orange juice a funky, herbal vanilla twist.

Harvey Wallbanger



  • 1.5 oz vodka
  • 4 oz orange juice
  • .5 oz Galliano
  • Orange Slice


Step one

Add vodka and orange juice to a Collins glass filled with ice.

Step two

Stir to combine.

Step three

Float Galliano on top.

Step four

Garnish with an orange slice.

Contributed by Supercall