It’s easy to get caught up in a conversation about the best specs for a daiquiri, but some things in life are more important. Last week, Hurricane Harvey devastated the lives of millions of Texans and Louisianians. Now the bar tending community is banding together to help. Houston’s Bobby Heugel is leading the charge with the #HURRICANEHARVEYWALLBANGERS flood relief campaign.
The plan is simple. During the month of September, bars will serve Harvey Wallbangers. Sales of the fern bar classic will fund storm relief for the storm’s victims. In addition to the individual bar’s donations, Galliano’s parent company, Lucas Bols, will donate 100% of the liqueur’s sales to the cause.
The donations will go to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund established by Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett. The fund is managed by a 501(c)3 non-profit, The Greater Houston Community and all donations are 100% tax deductible. Heugel noted that the choice of the right fund was crucial. “The problem with fundraising for natural disaster victims is that it is difficult to determine the final destination of money that is donated on the behalf of victims,” he explained via social media. “By donating to Houston Mayor Turner’s relief fund, your donation is guaranteed to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey.”
The official explanation for #HURRICANEHARVEYWALLBANGERS adds that “there are no rules. Just donate what you can.” Anyone may participate and the amount donated is completely at the discretion of the participating party. Donations can be accepted online at the fund’s website.
The effort is already underway at dozens of Houston bars. Nationally, early participants include Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co. (Miami), Lost Lake (Chicago), The Spare Room (Los Angeles), Dante (New York City), ABV (San Francisco), Williams & Graham, Occidental (Denver), Herbs & Rye (Las Vegas), Columbia Room (Washington DC), The Esquire Tavern (San Antonio), Manifesto & The Rieger (Kansas City), Clyde Common (Portland), The Silver Dollar (Louisville), Small Victory (Austin), Rob Roy & Navy Strength (Seattle), “and Michael Martensen has a whole slew of bars on board in Dallas.” However, more bars are signing up hourly; so, get onboard.
The Harvey Wallbanger was obviously picked because of the storm’s name. However, drink has been enjoying a comeback as of late. The Banger once epitomized the fern bar era, but then faded along with it. Heugel suggests, “If you’re skeptical about the Harvey Wallbanger being a delicious drink, please try my slightly updated recipe.” So, we’ve included it below.
- Shake the vodka, OJ, lemon, and simple with ice.
- Double strain into a highball glass. Add ice.
- Float the Galliano on top.
- Heugel adds, "Garnish with an orange slice. No fucking straw - messes with the float."