National Harvey Wallbanger Day is a holiday dedicated to a popular cocktail made from vodka, Galliano liqueur, and orange juice. The peak in its popularity occurred in the 70s, although it can still be found in many bars today. The cocktail is so easy to make that it is often created at home, allowing for experimentation with different flavors.
The origin of this drink is uncertain, but one legend claims that it was first made by Donato “Duke” Antone, a mixologist at the Blackwatch bar in Hollywood. It is believed that the cocktail was named after a regular customer, Harvey, who lived on Manhattan Beach. However, this version is not entirely reliable, as evidence suggests that Antone was in Connecticut at the time of the drink’s invention. Another bar, Pancho’s Bar on Manhattan Beach, is also credited with creating the cocktail.
- For a while, the drink failed to take off until a cartoon character, Harvey Wallbanger, was created. As a result, the sales of Galliano skyrocketed.
- Within a few years, the drink had become the best-imported cocktail in America, served to passengers on flights and during rail trips.
- The Milwaukee Brewers baseball team earned the nickname “Harvey Wallbangers” after a victory.
How to take part
Raise a glass of your favorite cocktail to celebrate its invention. You can make it at home, or gather with friends and relax in a bar. Experiment with new flavors, using new liqueurs and other fruits and berries. You might even discover a new favorite drink. And if you don’t drink alcohol, don’t worry – you can still take part in National Harvey Wallbanger Day by making a non-alcoholic version of the cocktail.
When is National Harvey Wallbanger Day celebrated in 2023?
National Harvey Wallbanger Day is observed on November 8 each year.