National Harvey Wallbanger Day is a holiday dedicated to a cocktail popular in bars, which is made from vodka, Galliano liqueur, and orange juice. The peak of popularity of the drink falls on the 70s. of the last century, but it can still be found in many bars. The cocktail recipe is so simple that it is often made at home, experimenting with different flavors.
According to one legend, the drink was first prepared by Donato “Duke” Antone, who worked as a mixologist at the Blackwatch bar in Hollywood in the middle of the last century. It is believed that the cocktail was named after the surfer Harvey, who lives on Manhattan Beach. He often came to the bar and the bartender prepared something special for a regular customer. However, this version cannot be called 100% reliable, some facts prove that during the period when the drink was invented, Antone was in Connecticut. There is another bar where the cocktail was supposedly invented – Pancho’s Bar on Manhattan Beach.
- For some time the cocktail was not a success until the funny cartoon character Harvey Wallbanger was invented, he appeared in all advertising and sales of Galliano increased dramatically.
- Within a few years, the drink became the best imported cocktail in America, it was served to passengers on flights and during rail trips.
- The Milwaukee Brewers baseball team, after another victory, received the nickname “Harvey Wallbangers”.
How to celebrate
Raise a glass of your favorite cocktail to a great invention, you can make it at home or gather a group and relax in one of the bars. Experiment with new flavors, use new liqueurs, add other fruits and berries. You will get a different drink, but you may like it much more. Do you know that there is a non-alcoholic version of the cocktail? Just because you don’t drink alcohol doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate National Harvey Wallbanger Day.
When is National Harvey Wallbanger Day celebrated in 2022?
National Harvey Wallbanger Day is observed on November 8 each year.