The Harvey Wallbanger is not a terrible drink, but it lacks complexity, and the nuances of the Galliano are totally drowned out by the OJ. I wanted my updated version to highlight the Galliano and make it stand out the same way its obnoxiously tall bottle stands out on a back bar shelf.
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A favorite on Lolinda's cocktail menu, this winter gin-and-aquavit drink was created by the restaurant's original cocktail menu designer, Lane Ford.
Sometimes, an adaptation is a sad thing. Other times, as with 1534's Wally Harbanger, it's a happy departure from the original. The Wally Harbanger holds little in common with its nominal muse, aside from a dyslexic take on its name, and the ingredient without which the Harvey Wallbanger would be a mere Screwdriver: Galliano.
Americans aren't big on Galliano, which is why 1534 bartender James Lombardino was excited to sneak 3/4 ounces of it into this bourbon-based smash. Alongside mint and lemon juice, the herbal liqueur brightens up autumn's favorite couple: bourbon and maple.