Harvey Wallbanger

Harvey Wallbanger Social Lubricators Button Museum
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HARVEY WALLBANGER?
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Harvey Wallbanger is a cocktail made from vodka or gin, orange juice, and Galliano. It is known as an essential drink of the late ’70s disco and fern-bar era. The cocktail was allegedly created in a Sunset Boulevard bar in Los Angeles and was inspired by a Californian surfer named Harvey, who liked to drink Screwdrivers spiked with Galliano liqueur. One day, after binging on his favorite drink after a particularly bad day, he walked smack into the wall as he was heading out of the bar, hence the name “the Wallbanger.” George Bednar, a college football player and marketing director, launched the "Harvey Wallbanger" mixed drink to a national audience, giving the Wallbanger character and the tag line -- "My name is Harvey Wallbanger and I can be made." Today, the drink still connotes a sense of grooviness and funkiness. The button is most likely created in the 70s or early 80s to both promote the drink and convey a sense of humor--suggesting people to "take it easy" after a long hard day.

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