New Weekly Post – Cocktail Friday
Although I am currently on a strict diet I thought I would share with you on a weekly basis my favourite cocktails and how to make them. I will also share a bit of history behind them. So today Cocktail Friday is born and welcome to the first cocktail of my blog.
I used to drink a lot of these about 10 years ago (that makes me sound old – shit I am!). I couldn’t drink them now due to blood sugar but I think one now and then won’t hurt. The thing that makes these extra gorgeous is the liqueur, Galliano.
Why start with a Harvey Wallbanger? How could I not anything starting with my canine sidekick’s name has to be a good place to start. In fact, as he has stopped escaping maybe I should call him Harvey Wallbanger instead of Harvey Houdini. Anyway, I’m not writing about the pooch it’s cocktail Friday woohoo!
The Harvey Wallbanger is a fun and simple vodka cocktail that was created in the 1950s. It became a smash hit in the 70s and has seen a recent revival. The roller coaster that has been the Harvey Wallbanger’s existence is interesting and the story is as fascinating as the drink is simple.
First, let’s talk about the drink itself. The recipe is very simple: mix a “Screwdriver” and top it with a Galliano float. It’s really that easy and you’ll love the transformation.
What You Will Need
1 1/2 ounces vodka
4 ounces orange juice
1/2 ounce Galliano
Orange Slice, cherry for garnish
How To Make It
- Pour the vodka and orange juice into a collins glass with ice cubes.
- Layer the Galliano on top by pouring it slowly over the back of a bar spoon.
- Garnish with an orange slice and maraschino cherry.
However easy the recipe is, there are a number of variations out there. You will come across many recipes that do not distinguish the liqueur, recommend a different liqueur, or have various ratios. It really is not as complicated as all that.
To set the record straight, Galliano L’Autentico is the liqueur that makes the proper Harvey Wallbanger.
In 2010, Lucas Bols returned Galliano to its original recipe. This helped catapult the Harvey Wallbanger back onto the cocktail scene. And if you’d like to celebrate it for no real reason other than to have a great drink, choose November 18 as it is National Harvey Wallbanger Day.
How Strong is the Harvey Wallbanger?
You can make a few adjustments to the recipe and pour more vodka or less orange juice if you like, though there’s a balance to the recipe as written. If you pour according to the recipe, the Harvey Wallbanger has an alcohol content around 12% ABV (24 proof), which makes it about the same strength as a robust wine.
So give it a go and let me know what you think of it… While you are at it have one for me.
Everyone have a great weekend and hope you enjoy Cocktail Friday.