One recipe for a Harvey Wallbanger includes 3/4 ounce of vodka, 1 1/2 ounces of orange juice, 1/4 ounce of Galliano, an orange slice and maraschino cherry. Fill a tall glass with ice cubes, pour in the vodka and orange juice, add the Galliano, and garnish with the fruit.
Galliano is a spicy liqueur made in Livorno, Italy. It tastes of vanilla and anise and is not often used in cocktails.
Another Harvey Wallbanger recipe calls for 1 1/2 ounces of vodka, 4 ounces of orange juice and a 1/2 ounce of Galliano. The maraschino cherry is left out, and only the orange slice serves as a garnish.
In yet another Harvey Wallbanger recipe, the garnishes are left out completely, and the Galliano is poured into the glass of vodka and orange juice over the back of a spoon.
The Harvey Wallbanger was allegedly invented in 1952 and came into its own in the 1970s, which was not the most fortuitous time for cocktails. In one story, the name originated because after ingesting the drink at a party, one guest named Harvey was made so miserable that he began to bang his head against the wall. The name Harvey Wallbanger was born.