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Episode 52: Galliano
Episode 5230th April 2021 • Liquor and Liqueur Connoisseur • Matt Birchard
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Episode 52 features Galliano, the bright yellow Italian liqueur in the distinctively tall bottle. The bottle for the tasting is 750mL at 42.3% ABV, or 84.6 proof.

Enjoy this episode with a Harvey Wallbanger cocktail!

Galliano's official website:

Brief Historical Timeline:

  • 1895 - Giuseppe Galliano becomes a war hero
  • 1896 - Arturo Vaccari invents the liqueur in honor of Giuseppe Galliano
  • 1952 - The "Duke's Screwdriver" cocktail is invented, to be later renamed the Harvey Wallbanger
  • 1969 - George Bednar, marketing director for Galliano's US importer, hires Bill Young to create the Harvey Wallbanger cartoon mascot
  • 1970s - Galliano becomes the best selling liqueur in the USA, selling half a million cases
  • 1989 - Remy Cointreau acquires the brand, changing the recipe and renaming it "Galliano Vanilla Liqueur"
  • 2006- Lucas Bols buys the brand, changing the recipe back to what is billed as the original

Key Cocktails:

Galliano is forever associated with one cocktail, the Harvey Wallbanger, but can work in many more sophisticated cocktails.

The Harvey Wallbanger:

  • 6 oz. Orange Juice
  • 1 oz. Vodka
  • 0.5 oz. Galliano

Mix Orange Juice and Vodka over ice in the serving glass, a Collins works well. Top with a splash of Galliano and serve.


Wikipedia Article on Galliano

The Spruce Eats Article on Galliano

Saveur Article on the Harvey Wallbanger

Town & Country Article on the Harvey Wallbanger

Wikipedia Article on the Harvey Wallbanger

Wine Enthusiast Article on the Harvey Wallbanger

Bill Young Obituary - Creator of the Harvey Wallbanger Mascot Cartoon

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