The Harvey Wallbanger Saga

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Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail,

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Since Harvey Wallbanger is both a cocktail and a cake recipe, I thought it would make an interesting Party Yak subject, perhaps not done before. Ha! Harvey gets around.

Harvey is not only a cocktail and a cake, but a guy, a day, a band, an online game, a puzzle, and more. It's considered one of the top five 70s food fads (a handy 70s theme party fact) and, although almost no one knows it, it has its own day of the year, November 8th.

There are several Harvey Wallbanger Day ecards you can send, as well as t-shirts and even mousepads. There's even a modern day Wallbanger Enthusiast that was featured on Food Network.

Will the Real Harvey Wallbanger Please Stand Up... and Walk?

Two bartenders and a famous mixologist have been credited with creating and naming the cocktail, but the most colorful story (with just enough quirkiness to be true) is of a California surfer named Harvey who liked the special Screwdrivers, served with a splash of Galliano, at a particular bar.

One day, after losing a big surfing contest, Harvey drank too many and banged into the wall as he was trying to leave the bar. Both he and the drink became known by the Harvey Wallbanger name.

Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail

6 ounces orange juice
1 ounce vodka
1/2 ounce Galliano liqueur

Mix the orange juice and vodka in a tall glass. Stir in ice. Float a splash of Galliano on top.

And if you prefer to eat your Wallbangers...

Harvey Wallbanger Cake

1 package yellow cake mix
1 small box instant vanilla pudding
1/2 cup sugar
4 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup vodka
1/4 cup Galliano liqueur
3/4 cup orange juice

Stir together the dry ingredients. Add the eggs and the other liquid ingredients and beat at medium speed for 3 or 4 minutes. Oil a bundt cake pan and dust it with flour. Pour in the cake batter. Bake in a preheated 350° oven for 45-50 minutes. Remove the cake from the bundt pan and pour the glaze (below) over the cake while it is still warm. Serves 8-12.

1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon vodka
1 tablespoon Galliano liqueur

Mix all the glaze ingredients and stir until smooth.


Well, Harvey certainly wears a lot of hats. It wouldn't be my first choice for a nickname, though, but then, nicknames rarely are by choice.

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