The Mixer: Drink of the Week – The Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail

6 11 2009

It’s Friday, and if your week was anything like mine, that means it’s time for a drink.  But not just any drink.

As the art of blending spirits grows in popularity, it remains important to honor the classic cocktails that paved the way for modern mixology.  On November 8, we celebrate the Harvey Wallbanger cocktail, which was created by Los Angeles bartender, Duke Antone, in the 1950s.

The Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail feat. Ketel One Vodka

The Harvey Wallbanger Cocktail featuring Ketel One Vodka

As legend has it, Duke created the drink in honor of a clumsy local surfer, Harvey, who would often walk into walls after a drink or two.  The cocktail reached its heyday in the 1970s when it became the era’s essential brunch cocktail.

The classic Harvey Wallbanger recipe is as follows.

Harvey Wallbanger Ingredients:

  • 1 ounce Ketel One vodka
  • 1/2 ounce Galliano
  • 4 ounces Fresh Orange Juice
  • Orange Slice for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Fill a highball glass with ice.
  2. Pour 1 ounce Ketel One vodka and 4 ounces of fresh orange juice into the glass.
  3. Stir until chilled.
  4. Once settled, using a bar spoon, float the Galliano on top.
  5. Garnish with an orange slice.

If the Harvey Wallbanger isn’t quite what you have in mind, checkout these other drinks.

What other spirits and liquor do you enjoy?  Share your favorite drink recipes with our readers.

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Fight Cancer: Grow A Mustache

5 11 2009

What do Gomez Adams, Hulk Hogan and that leather guy from the Village People have in common?  Aside from making great Halloween costumes, they each are known for proudly sporting mustaches.  And while the facial hair trend was all but absent from the face of men’s grooming until recently, it’s making a big come back thanks in part to Movemeber, a charity that is raising awareness about men’s health – specifically prostate and testicular cancer.

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According to the charity’s website, “Movember – the month previously known as November – is an annual, month-long celebration of the moustache, highlighting men’s health issues.”

The idea was conceived back in 2003 when a group of guys were joking about the staches of their father’s era and how cool it would be to bring back the trend.  Taking the idea a step further, the guys decided to tie in a charity angle, and to date, Movember has raised $47 million globally, making it the largest charity event for men.  In the U.S., the funds raised are split between the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Lance Armstrong Foundation – two worthy causes.

To get involved, Movember asks that you begin with a clean shaven face and take the mouth to grow your mustache.  As you go along, you can get friends and family involved by having them sponsor your efforts and sign up for their own accounts. 

Once you have your stache, send a screenshot of your new facial hair to the team at Asylum.com.  From the pack of entries, Asylum.com will gift 50 guys with a Signature Shave Kit from Every Man Jack, an award-winning grooming line.

What do you think?  Are you going to sign up and grow a mustache to help fight cancer?

Photo Source: Bonnie Biess, Asylum.com

Video Source: youtube.com/user/movembertv