Saturday, August 6, 2011

Harvey Wallbanger

If you hang around the Lounge long enough, you notice that not that much vodka is drank. It's not that vodka sucks, it's that good vodka doesn't add much to cocktails in terms of taste or alcohol. Beside our variations on the Russian, the Lance Romance, the Crash Cart Cocktail, and Harvey Wallbanger, vodka gathers dust here. So does Galliano, as I mentioned in the 30 Essentials Series. Why not bring them together for a classic. Mix master Donato 'Duke' Antone invented the Harvey Wallbanger in the 1950s when vodka began its reign as king of base spirits (a reign that was to last about forty years). Antone is also credited with one of my top 10 favorite drinks, the Rusty Nail, and one of Cindy's top drinks (and the Dude's), the almighty White Russian. Well, if you've never drank one, here's the pour...

Harvey Wallbanger
Classic Pours series

3 parts vodka
1 part Galliano
6 parts orange juice

Pour vodka and orange juice over ice in a Collins (pictured) or highball glass. Stir with a bar spoon. Float Galliano on top. Garnish with a cherry and an orange wedge.

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