The birth of the Harvey Wallbanger cocktail is murky at best, so we’re gonna chalk it up to that most potent combination: marketing and folklore. The oral history of the drink states that Donato “Duke” Antone created the drink in Hollywood at his Blackwatch Bar in 1952. He is said to have named it after surfer Tom Harvey, who, it’s said, would drink until he started running into walls. But while this is a most colorful story, when the drink’s popularity exploded during the 1970s, no record of Tom could be found. Revisionist cocktail historians suggest that Antone worked with the marketing director of McKesson Imports Co. George Bednar, who handled Galliano, the herbal vanilla liqueur used in the drink. No matter the origin, fans of the Harvey Wallbanger can always count on Galliano to give vodka and orange juice a funky, herbal vanilla twist.
- Add vodka and orange juice to a Collins glass filled with ice.
- Stir to combine.
- Float Galliano on top.
- Garnish with an orange slice.
For all you fans of the 1990s sugary cocktail movement, the Melon Ball will certainly become a new favorite. Made with bright green Midori (a Japanese muskmelon-flavored liqueur), vodka and fresh-squeezed orange juice, it’s light, sweet and easy drinking. As ‘90s as it appears, though, the Melon Ball most likely has roots in the 1970s. It was d...