Celebrate a 1970s cocktail classic – the Harvey Wallbanger
One of the most popular cocktails of the 1970s was the Harvey Wallbanger. There’s even a day in its honor – November 5.
According to Great Cocktails, credit for the invention of the Harvey Wallbanger goes to Donato ‘Duke’ Antone, the Los Angeles bartender also known for the Rusy Nail, the Flaming Caesar, and the Godfather (the drink, not the movie). Created in the 1950s, the drink became wildly popular in the 70s, probably spurred by Galliano’s ad campaign featuring the cartoon character named Harvey.
How did it get the name Harvey Wallbanger? The legend is impossible to prove, but it’s the sort of tale that should be true, even if it’s not. According to the story, Duke had a regular customer named Harvey. Harvey was a passionate surfer, and came into the bar one evening depressed over the loss of an important contest. He drowned his sorrows with several of Duke’s delicious cocktails. Enough that as he made his way to the exit, Harvey repeatedly stumbled and bumped into things, including the wall. Harvey the Wallbanger became his new nickname, and the name stuck to the cocktail as well.