Friday, May 31, 2013

Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail

While you're outside grilling your Chicken Fajitas, hamburgers, steaks or ribs, you've got to have something to drink. Certainly a cold beer would be a good option, like any of these Oregon craft ales. But so would a refreshing summer cocktail.

If you're like me, you probably haven't had a Screwdriver since your early 20s. The vodka-orange juice combination is many people's introduction to cocktails (it's easy to serve at house parties). And, if you're a bit older than me, you probably haven't had a Harvey Wallbanger in a long time either.

This drink, basically a grown-up Screwdriver flavored with the Italian herbal liqueur Galliano, was created in the '50s and was immensely popular through the '70s (remember the short-lived series Swingtown, set in the '70s? They drank Harvey Wallbangers at their parties).

Anything with this much citrus seems perfect for summer. So next time you fire up your grill or just want to sit outside on your patio, consider this refreshing retro cocktail.

Harvey Wallbanger

1 1/2 oz. vodka
3 oz. orange juice
1/2 oz. Galliano liqueur
Orange wedge

Combine vodka and orange juice in a rocks glass with ice. Float Galliano on top and garnish with an orange wedge.

1 comment:

  1. I'm going to start drinking these on Sunday mornings. The OJ makes them appropriate for the breakfast hour, yes?