The Alabama Slammer, also known to some as the Southern Slammer, is a cocktail which was first notably mentioned in the 1971 Playboy Bartender’s Guide by Thomas Mario. This drink was wildly popular with college kids in the 1980’s and in that decade of its peak popularity, most bars served it as a shaker shot and T.G.I. Fridays’ and other such restaurants even used to serve it in pitcher form back in the day!
This refreshing cocktail is a seamless blend of good ol’ Southern Comfort (but of course) with Sloe Gin, Amaretto and Orange Juice, the favourite juice/drink of pretty much everyone in the South. This is a deliciously fruity cocktail which brings out the cherry notes of the amaretto like no other. However, with the Alabama Slammer, the cocktail is so perfectly blended and harmonious in the combination of its different flavours that it won’t be possible for you to identify the different notes.
This cocktail is best enjoyed when thrown back with friends during hot summer afternoons, but they also serve as an ideal drink when you really need a cold drink to unwind at the end of a long and exhausting work week. Even now, many American family-style restaurants serve this drink by the pitcher, because nothing can beat its classic Southern flavours. This yummy thirst quencher can also be whipped up just as easily at home, and it is best to make in a big batch for a party, picnic or BBQ.
Here is a recipe for the Alabama Slammer cocktail.
- 60 ml Southern Comfort
- 60 ml Amaretto
- 30 ml Sloe Gin
- 30 ml Grenadine
- 120 ml Orange Juice
- Add ice to the cocktail shaker
- Combine the orange juice, amaretto, whiskey, sloe gin, and grenadine in a cocktail shaker
- Stir until frost is visible on the outside of shaker
- Strain mixture into a chilled cordial glass which has ice in it
- Add maraschino cherry
- Cocktail shaker
- Ice cubes
- Cordial glass
- Maraschino cherry for garnish