L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide: The Harvey Wallbanger

Harvey Wallbagner

A vintage 1972 iron-on transfer of Harvey Wallbanger himself, on EBay for $12.

We have been looking at some historic drinks for this holiday season. To the millennials in the audience: This is what mom and dad used to drink (along with the Tequila Sunrise) when they went out in the 1970s.

Return with us now to the thrilling days of yesteryear:

1 ounce of vodka
4 ounces of orange juice
half an ounce of Galliano.

Poured over ice in a highball glass.

Cue Grand Funk Railroad’s “Gimme Shelter” or Carole King’s “It’s Too Late.”

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6 Responses to L.A. Daily Mirror Retro Drinking Guide: The Harvey Wallbanger

  1. eve says:

    Oh, gawd, that horrible early-70s Peter Max balloony font!!!


  2. kthursby says:

    Not to be confused with Harvey’s Wallbangers, the nickname given to the hard-hitting Milwaukee Brewers when managed in the 70s by Harvey Kuenn. The same Harvey Kuenn who as a player made the last out in Koufax’s perfect game at Dodger Stadium. Sorry, couldn’t resist.


  3. Eric V says:

    I seem to remember a Sloe Gin Fizz being popular with the ladies back in the 70’s.


    • lmharnisch says:

      Eric, the sloe gin fizz and black Russian were also popular then. And for those of us who weren’t earning much money, whatever beer was on tap. In those days, NOBODY in their 20s drank martinis. They were rather outre, and considered strictly an old person’s cocktail.


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