Due in part to the liquor companies telling us their formulas have never changed throughout their several-hundred year histories, many people believe liquor flavors never change throughout their histories. That’s just not true, but it’s not always a bad thing.
You remember Galliano, of course, the liqueur that was in the Harvey Wallbanger and was trendy a few decades ago. It comes in the inconveniently-tall bottle and is made with 30 herbs and spices including anise, juniper, peppermint, and vanilla. (Galliano was also in the Slow Comfortable Screw Up Against a Wall, but perhaps that’s a drink best forgotten.) After its popularity waned, the brand owner changed Galliano’s formulation, upping the amount of vanilla and lowering the amount of alcohol. Most bartenders would say it was not an improvement.
A couple of years ago, they changed the formula again and decided to call it Galliano L’Autentico. Naturally they claim it is now made according to the original recipe. Whether that is true or not is no matter: The stuff is tasty and the anise and other flavors aren’t dominated by the vanilla.
Galliano and the Harvey Wallbanger were brought to my attention again recently by Martin Cate, the bar owner we profiled for a recent story on tiki cocktails in Fine Cooking magazine. Cate has taken to studying the history of the circa-1970’s “fern bar” best exemplified by the Regal Beagle on the television show Three’s Company, and he serves the Wallbanger at his seminars.
It is surprisingly tasty when fresh orange juice and the new Galliano are used. And the best part is you no longer have to go to a fern bar to have one.
4 fl. oz. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
1.5 fl. oz. Vodka
.75 fl. oz. Galliano L’Autentico
Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. Shake and pour contents into a Collins or juice glass.