Alabama Slammer Cocktail Info
The Alabama Slammer may be the most 1970s cocktail of the 70s era. A base mix of amaretto and sloe Gin, combined with Southern Comfort, is a total contradiction to what one might expect from a Southern sipper.
The Alabama Slammer is one of those drinks that confuse on paper. Southern Comfort, or SoCo, is a whiskey-based spirit with fruity and spicy notes. Sloe Gin is made from small, sweet berries grown in England. The sweet, nutty liqueur amaretto is best known for its prominent role in the Amaretto Sour. These disparate ingredients are brought together by the bite of the orange juice and some water from shaking it cold with ice. For the best tasting drink, squeeze your oranges!
The University of Alabama is said to be the birthplace of the Slammer. It's a staple at Crimson Tide tailgates.
To truly appreciate the unique combination of the ingredients in the Alabama Slammer you need to shake to drink very cold! And serve it in a highball glass. You want flavors to unfold slowly for a mellow ending, making it more Southern-tasting.
The Alabama Slammer has suffered some losses after a long run in the '70s and '80s. But it is still a popular drink in Alabama. It also continues to be enjoyed by college bar patrons across the country, who enjoy fruity flavors and strong effects. Mix one yourself to see what it's all about. It's a lesson on synergy, and it reminds us that even disparate ingredients can make a delicious, refreshing drink.
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Recommended Bar Equipment
- 30 ml Sloe Gin
- 30 ml Southern Comfort
- 30 ml Amaretto
- 120 ml Orange Juice
- Add ice to your shaker.
- Add everything except for the orange juice.
- Shake it cold.
- Strain into a highball glass.
- Top it off with orange juice.