The New Year brings new tastes, or in this case, “funky” flavors of the past. Disco was a social phenomenon in the 70s. Saturday Night Fever and late nights at the dance club is where everyone wanted to be. The cocktails to get the party started are coming back in full force. While I am happy to see the classics making their return this year, the polyester suits can remain in the closet.
About.com named 10 of the hottest cocktail trends for 2016 and disco cocktails made the cut. What does this mean? According to their article, “Classic cocktails will continue to be popular, with the Old Fashioned, martini, Manhattan, and mojito leading the pack. But we’ll also see the return of fun and funky libations that were last prominent in the 1970s. Sweet, fruity, and even creamy drinks like the Grasshopper and Harvey Wallbanger will be cool again thanks to retooled recipes and quality ingredients.”
This led me to question my mom, “What is the drink they call Wallbanger?” They told me it was a fruity drink popular in the disco days. Foxnews said, “Legend has it that a 1950s California surfer favored the drink and, one day after losing a pivotal surfing contest, walked into his usual Manhattan Beach watering hole, ordered his drink, and banged his head against the wall from the agony of defeat. His name was Harvey – and there you have it.”
Well there you, here is a recipe so you, too, can glide along the dance floor like John Travolta.
Makes 1 drink
1 1/2 ounces vodka
4 ounces orange juice
1/2 ounce Galliano
1 orange slice for garnish
In a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes, combine the vodka and orange juice. Stir well. Float the Galliano on top and garnish with orange slice