A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 04, 2007
Freddie Fudpucker or Freddy Fudpucker (cocktail)

In the early 1970s, California had its “Harvey Wallbanger” (a cocktail of orange juice, vodka, and Galliano) and Texas/Mexico replied with “Freddie Fudpucker” or “Freddy Fudpucker” (the same drink, but with tequila instead of vodka). Both drinks are not especially popular today, but are still on some lists of cocktails.


Drinks Mixer
Freddy Fudpucker recipe
2 oz tequila
4 oz orange juice
1/2 oz Galliano® herbal liqueur

Pour the tequila and orange juice into a highball glass almost filled with ice cubes. Pouring slowly and carefully over the back of a teaspoon, float the galliano on top of the drink, and serve.

10 August 1973, Charleston (WV) Gazette, pg. 14A, col. 1:
Harvey’s last name is Wallbanger...He’s a mellow fellow made out of orange juice, vodka and Galliano and has been known on occasion to provoke the very reaction his last name describes.

FREDDY’S SURNAME is Fudpucker...He’s as amiable as his friend, Harvey, and he, too, has a kick like a mule.

28 September 1973, San Mateo (CA) Times, pg. 16, col. 4:
Special guest attraction “Freddy Fudpucker” will be on hand Tuesday night at the Belmont Holiday Inn in celebration of the return of Tashombe, a band that broke all records during a previous stint in the Ivory Coast Lounge. The band will be on stage from 7 p.m.with a “Freddy Fudpucker” (a Wallbanger with Pancho Villa Tequila instead of vodka) priced at 65 cents from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

14 November 1973, Galveston (TX) Daily News, pg. 2A, col. 4 ad:
FREDDIE FUDPUCKER PARTY
With Freddie Fudpucker as Special Guest
Special Freddie Fudpucker Drink
$1.75
(Holiday Inn—ed.)

26 August 1974, Idaho Falls (ID) Post-Register, pg. B10, col. 1:
There’s a new drink called a “Freddie Fudlucker.” It’s a Harvey Wallbanger with tequila instead of vodka.

21 February 1975, Modesto (CA) Bee, “Exotic Tastes Oa A New Generation Give Tequila Sellers A Surprising High” by Laurelei Mullen, pg. B10, col. 4:
“Freddy Fudpucker” isn’t a dirty word, nor is “Brown Bull” necessarily a four-legged animal. 

2 October 1975, Nevada State Journal (Reno, NV), pg. 6, col. 2:
“We had poor boy sandwiches and Elmer Fuddpuckers,” says Ms. Hepner. In case you’ve never heard of an Elmer Fuddpucker, it’s a drink she describes as “a cousin to a Harvey Wallbanger made of tequila, wine and orange juice. If you can’t pronounce the name of the drink after your second one, you can’t have any more.”

Time magazine
Aztec
Monday, Jan. 26, 1976
(...)
Though a few diehards still down tequila the traditional way—straight, with a lick of salt and a wedge of lime—most gringos prefer cocktail variations like the Margarita, made with lime juice and triple sec. Other Aztec ¡Oles!: T’n’T (with tonic); Bloody Maria or Mexican Mary (substituting tequila for vodka); Brave Bull (with Kahlua); the Freddy Fudpucker (with orange juice and Galliano); and Cold Gold, a sort of Aztec on the rocks. Tequila will probably never rival bourbon, Scotch, gin or vodka in the U.S. It is additionally appealing in another respect, however. According to Mexico City’s National Institute of Hygiene, tequila is rich in yeasts and vitamins.

7 June 1976, Las Cruces (NM) Sun-News, pg. 16, col. 1:
Flaming Fuzzy Mother, Freddie Fudpucker, Run Jump Skip and Go Naked, Velvet Hammer, Blue Tail Fly, Golden Dream, Shampoo, Godfather…

13 June 1976, Dallas (TX) Morning News, section A, pg. 42:
Along the way, there have been concoctions called the dirty brother, the silver box, the white spider, the yellow bird, the flaming fuzzy mother, the Freddie Fudpucker (a tequila cousin of Harvey Wallbanger), the velvet hammer, the golden Cadillac, the blue tail fly and the shampoo.
(A cartoon caption reads: “MAKE IT A DOUBLE FREDDIE FUDPUCKER!”—ed.)

Posted by Barry Popik
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