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Classic Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail Recipe + Pro Tips

If you like the Screwdriver Cocktail, chances are you’ll like the Harvey Wallbanger, too. On the surface, a Harvey Wallbanger and a Screwdriver look almost identical due to the fact they both have vodka and orange juice. The key difference between a Harvey Wallbanger and a Screwdriver lies in one ingredient: Galliano. Galliano is an Italian herbal liqueur with vanilla and anise flavors. The addition of this liqueur gives the Harvey Wallbanger cocktail its signature vanilla kick. Here’s how to make a Harvey Wallbanger cocktail.

Harvey Wallbanger Recipe

Recipe by BeverageBeaver
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Difficulty: Easy


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A Harvey Wallbanger is a cocktail made from vodka, orange juice, and Galliano liqueur, served over ice with an orange slice, often enjoyed for its sweet, citrusy flavor and iconic herbal vanilla kick.


  • 1.5 oz Vodka

  • 4 oz Orange Juice

  • 0.5 oz Galliano Liqueur

  • Orange Slice And Cherry For Garnish


  • Fill a highball/collins glass with ice cubes.
  • Pour in vodka and orange juice directly over the ice.
  • Stir well
  • Gently pour the Galliano into the glass over the back of a spoon so it floats at the top.
  • Garnish with a slice of orange and a cherry and then serve.

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Making A Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail: Pro Tips

As you can see, making a Harvey Wallbanger is super easy and you can whip one up in a matter of seconds. If you would like to ensure your cocktail is of bartender quality every time, then follow these pro tips.

Use High-Quality Fresh Ingredients

Always use good-quality vodka and freshly squeezed orange juice. Premium vodka enhances the overall smoothness of the cocktail, and fresh orange juice gives the drink a vibrant, citrusy flavor that you just don’t get from pre-packaged juices.

Chill Your Glass in Advance

Like most cocktails, the Harvey Wallbanger is best served cold. Ensure your drink stays cool and undiluted longer by chilling your highball or Collins glass in the freezer for at least 15 minutes before preparing your cocktail.

Perfect Your Layering Technique

Perfecting your layering technique is crucial for making the perfect Harvey Wallbanger. Pour the Galliano over the back of a bar spoon so that it floats on top of the drink. This isn’t just for show! Layering the Galliano allows your first sip to be an aromatic wave of herbal vanilla flavors before they meld with the other components.

Garnish With Flair

In a classic Harvey Wallbanger, an orange slice and sometimes a cherry are used as garnishes. If you want to add a luxurious touch to your drink and make your cocktail extra special, consider garnishing it with an orange twist. Using a channeling knife (or a vegetable peeler), peel a long, thin strip of orange peel. Then, twist it over the drink to express the oils before draping the twist over the side of the glass.

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