kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Featured Cocktail: Hardly Wallbanger

The Hardly Wallbanger at Sycamore Den. The Harvey Wallbanger is one of those drinks so popular in the 1970s that's typically not seen on any ambitious or trend-forward cocktail menus. Basically a screwdriver with Galliano (that sweet herbal Italian liqueur, often found in the corners of dining and living rooms during that eras as the tall slender bottle just couldn't fit on bar shelves), this throwback tipple was allegedly created by mixologist Donato "Duke" Antone. Depending on what you read, the drink was either inspired by a 1950s Manhattan Beach surfer who could frequently be found on a stool at Antone's Sunset Avenue Bar, or created by the marketing department at Galliano, it was crazy popular in the me decade.

Mixologist Eric Johnson of San Diego's Sycamore Den, a bar whose decor is a modern take on a 1970s middle-class family room, updated the drink by adding fresh lemon, simple syrup and vanilla extract. Feel free to sip the Hardly Wallbanger on your shag rug amid your owl macrame, if that's how you roll.

Hardly Wallbanger Courtesy of Eric Johnson, Sycamore Den, San Diego, CA 1.5 oz. Vodka 1 oz. Galliano 1/2 oz. lemon juice 2 oz. orange juice 1/4 oz. simple syrup 2 dashes vanilla extract Soda water Orange wheel and cherry, for garnish

Build the drink in a Collins glass, add ice and stir. Top with soda water, and garnish with the orange wheel and cherry.