The Harvey Wallbanger Party
Stephen Tortorici , Editor | May 23, 2018
Title: Editor
Topic category: Vodka

Discover Gold. Recipes for making delicious drinks from Galliano., suggests “More than just a delicious drink, you can build a whole party around Harvey.” Although I’m fairly certain the Harvey Wallbanger party favor offer has expired, (4 big full-color posters, 12 invitations, 12 stickers, and 2 big buttons for $2.00), thankfully the ingredients haven’t. This is the perfect theme for a "20 something" party, where guests can experience the fun their parents where having in the 70s without having to drive an AMC Gremlin.

So where did the Harvey Wallbanger come from? Saveur.com reported in 2012, According to folklore, Donato (Donato "Duke" Antone, owner of Duke's "Blackwatch" Bar on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood in the 1950s) invented the Harvey Wallbanger in 1952. It's said he named it after a Manhattan Beach surfer and bar regular named Tom Harvey—a man about whom we can find nothing recorded. But the cocktail didn't become popular until the early 1970s. This sudden reversal of fortunes coincides, unsurprisingly, with a boost from George Bednar, who in 1966 became marketing director of McKesson Imports Co., an importing company that handled Galliano. Bednar somehow found the Wallbanger and hoisted it up the barroom flagpole—round about late 1969, a rather pained-looking, sandal-wearing surfer mascot named Harvey Wallbanger appeared. His line: "Harvey Wallbanger is the name and I can be made!" A rather pained-looking, sandal-wearing surfer mascot named Harvey Wallbanger appeared. His line: "Harvey Wallbanger is the name and I can be made!"

And, boy, did the world make him! Soon, reports were cropping up of bowls of Wallbangers being consumed at Hamptons parties and on Amtrak trains.

Speaking of Wallbanger parties, here is the recipe for your own Wallbangers ball:

2 quarts Orange Juice
8 oz. Vodka
5 oz. Liquore Galliano
Orange Wheels

Mix with ice in a Pitcher or Punch Bowl, float orange wheels as garnish. Makes 12 drinks.

Tags: Vodka, Galliano, Orange Juice
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