Pristine Banger: Premium Harvey Wallbanger
Feb 07, 2018
Pristine Premium Vodka: Packing a Punch with Harvey!
The name Harvey Wallbanger evokes a sort of easygoing simplicity that lends itself perfectly to this classic mixed drink made with premium vodka, orange juice, and Galliano. So, just who exactly is Harvey Wallbanger? Where was he from? What did he do? And why is there a drink named after him?
Essentially, a Harvey Wallbanger is a screwdriver that becomes a bit more exciting by floating some Galliano on top. This is a simple addition, but it makes a big impact. If you’ve ever been to a bar with a serious mixologist on hand, you’ve probably noticed that layered cocktails are all the rage. The reason is two-fold. One, of course, the layering looks incredible. And two, the flavors aren’t all muddled together, enhancing the taste of each. With a sweet, herbal liqueur like Galliano, it becomes a refreshing compliment to the vodka and orange juice combination, without overpowering it.
A Premium Vodka for a True Legend
The story of the Harvey Wallbanger is as entertaining as it is unbelievable. This urban legend says that the drink was named after a surfer named Tom Harvey, and it commemorated an inebriated state that Mr. Harvey achieved after imbibing several of these on a particularly bad day, and then walking into walls (hence the “wallbanger”) as he attempted to leave the Blackwatch Bar on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles.
If that sounds made up, well, that is because it probably is.
The drink’s supposed creator, corporate mixologist and all-around interesting guy “Duke” Antone, along with his marketing counterparts at Galliano, may have crafted the story as a marketing ploy to get people interested in cocktails made with Galliano. In the 1970’s Antone tended bar at the famous Blackwatch Bar, where Mr. Harvey was said to have commenced his memorable wall banging. However, the story did not surface for twenty or so years after Mr. Harvey made that notable visit in the early 1950’s. Whoever is responsible for this iconic cocktail and its memorable name, the Harvey Wallbanger is one heck of a vodka drink.
Premium Harvey Wallbanger: A Sign of the Times
This simple yet delicious cocktail plus some clever marketing is what put Galliano on the map. In the early 1970’s the drink was so popular, Harvey Wallbanger even received write-in nominations for President of the United States during the election of 1972.
While no one is overly anxious to relive the days of disco balls, his and hers jumpsuits, and Watergate, you can still enjoy the classic taste of a Harvey Wallbanger. Break out of the humdrum of your day with this simple mixed drink with vodka. And don’t forget to class it up a notch with our premium version, the Pristine Banger! Check out our simple recipe below.
Premium Harvey Wallbanger: Ingredients
- 11/2 ounces of Pristine Vodka
- 4 ounces Orange juice
- 1/2 ounce of Galliano
- 1 Orange slice and a maraschino cherry to garnish
Fill a highball glass almost to the rim with ice cubes or crushed ice. Then, in a shaker, combine the Pristine Vodka and Orange juice. Shake or stir the mix well and then add to the highball glass. Then, float the Galliano on top. Lastly, garnish with a slice of orange and a maraschino cherry.
Enjoy your Pristine Banger with or without a surfer named Harvey.