The Harvey Wallbanger cocktail is nothing less than a screwdriver with added galliano, but this Italian liqueur with its sweet aniseed flavors brings all the difference to the Harvey Wallbanger.
The origin of this cocktail is not really proven, there are 5 versions. First of all, it would seem that the Harvey wallbanger cocktail was inspired by a Californian surfer who liked to drink screwdriver by adding his personal touch, galliano. One day when he lost a major surfing contest, he drowned his disappointment in his favorite cocktail. After drinking several, he tried somehow to get out of the bar and ran into a wall. Since that day, he has been nicknamed the wallbanger ("wall" meaning wall and "bang" meaning a violent blow). It is said to be Donato "Duke" Antone, bartender at Harvey's favorite bar and also creator of Rusty Nail, who was inspired by Harvey to invent the cocktail in 1952.
A second version says that the above story did not actually happen and that it was based on this story that the Harvey wallbanger was created in the 1950s by bartender Robert Pratt.
Another version says that the Harvey wallbanger cocktail was invented by a bartender at Butch McGuire in Chicago in the 1960s.
Finally, a last version says that it would be the bartender Bill Doner who created this cocktail, a bartender at "The Office" in Newport Beach, California.
In the 1970s, it was a major advertising campaign for Galliano liqueur featuring a character named "Harvey" which would have made the Harvey wallbanger cocktail famous. Building on its success, thousands of American voters voted "Harvey Wallbanger" for the 1972 presidential elections, November 5 is also called Harvey wallbanger day.
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