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November 2010
Last Updated November 2017

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Harvey Wallbanger Recipe

Plus A Harvey Wallbanger Cake



November 8th is National Harvey Wallbanger Day, a cocktail made with the Italian herbal liqueur Galliano (more formally, Liquore Galliano L’Autentico) plus vodka and orange juice (think Screwdriver with Galliano).

Galliano liqueur was created in 1896 and named after an Italian war hero, Giuseppe Galliano. It’s flavored with anise, cinnamon, coriander, ginger, juniper, lavender, musk yarrow, peppermint, star anise, and vanilla (the last ingredient being the most prominent, with a second note of anise.

The vivid yellow color, chosen to acknowledge the California Gold Rushes of the period, is now made with a lemon-yellow die called tartrazine.


But what about Harvey Wallbanger?


Harvey Wallbanger History


According to legend, he was a Manhattan Beach surfer who patronized Duke’s Blackwatch Bar on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Donato “Duke” Antone, a world champion mixologist, invented the Harvey Wallbanger in 1952.

As the lore goes, after losing a competition, the surfer tied one on at the bar, banging into a few walls. (Duke also created the the Rusty Nail, the White Russian and other popular cocktails.)


There are other versions, but here’s the recipe for the Original Harvey Wallbanger and the Harvey Wallbanger Cake, courtesy of Liquore Galliano L’Autentico:

Harvey Wallbanger Recipe



  • 1.25 ounces vodka
  • .5 ounce Galliano
  • 3 ounces orange juice
  • Garnish: orange slice
  • Optional garnish: maraschino cherry
  • Ice



  1. In a Collins glass or other tall glass filled with ice, mix the vodka and orange juice.
  2. Float Galliano on top and stir.
  3. Garnish with orange slice.
  4. The maraschino cherry was not part of the original recipe, but was added later for color.


The ingredients of the Harvey Wallbanger can also be transformed into a Harvey Wallbanger Bundt Cake.

Galliano liqueur. Here are more cocktail recipes from Food & Wine.

Harvey Wallbanger Cake


Enjoy the taste of Galliano in a Harvey Wallbanger bundt cake



  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup vodka
  • ¼ cup Galliano
  • ¾ cup orange juice



  • 1 tablespoon Galliano
  • 1 tablespoon vodka
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


Blanco or white Tequila is called “silver” Tequila by some producers.



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour the inside of a bundt pan.
  2. Mix cake ingredients together. Pour into bundt pan and bake 45 to 50 minutes.
  3. Mix glaze ingredients. When cake is cool, pour glaze over cake.
  4. Serve with a liqueur glass of Galliano.


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