The Alabama Slammer Cocktail was originally designed for Alabama Crimson Tide in the 70’s! Sweet, tangy, and sure to become one of your favorites to enjoy!
Well, Mr. Bartender, aka my hubby, is at it again! This time, with a tasty Alabama Slammer Cocktail!
A few weeks back, we were at our local liquor store stocking up for a dinner party. My hubby disappeared down a different aisle for a few minutes, and when he returned, he had the ingredients for this cocktail. To be honest, I had never heard of it before, but he said it was one of his favorites from years back!
That evening, as I was getting dinner together, he whipped these up and one sip in, I quickly realized just why this was a favorite of his.
Sweet, tangy, and quite the pretty cocktail! He combined Amaretto, Sloe Gin, Southern Comfort, and some orange juice! Served over ice, it was quite the refreshing beverage!
He prepared both our cocktails in less than 5 minutes, so its definitely a great option to serve when having guests over! Home of the Crimson Tide this bright red/orange color of the drink is a favorite way to toast the team at tailgate and football parties.
Why is this called Alabama Slammer?
This drink was originally served in a shot glass, hence the name “slammer”. It was also reportedly invented at the University of Alabama (or a bar nearby) in the 70’s but the origins are a bit hazy. Some say it was made famous when printed in the 1971 edition of the Playboy Bartender’s Guide by Thomas Mario. Others claim it was made popular by Brett Favre years ago, Tom Cruise mentioning it in a movie, and several more theories. However it came about, it has evolved into the cocktail we know and love today.
What is in an Alabama Slammer Cocktail?
While there are some variations, it’s typically made with Southern Comfort, sloe gin, amaretto, and orange juice for a fruity and sweet drink.Served as both a highball drink and/or shot, this drink is a flavorful favorite with those that love sweet cocktails.
Full recipe and Instructions in recipe card below.
- Southern Comfort- Adds a nice, sweet almond flavor
- Amaretto- a sweet liqueur that tastes similar to plums and adds the red color in this drink
- Sloe Gin- this adds some spice along with fruity undertones
- Orange Juice- I use fresh squeezed, however, use whichever type preferred
How to make an Alabama Slammer
Using a cocktail shaker, this comes together in no time and is a fruit, sweet cocktail
Fill a glass with ice.
Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker and shake well.
Strain mixture into prepared glass with ice.
Can I Make This for a Crowd?
Absolutely. If you want to make this Alabama Slammer for a crowd, just make it in a pitcher instead of individual glasses. Increase the ingredients by however many servings you’d like and add them all to a pitcher. Don’t add ice to the pitcher as it will water the drink down and not be as flavorful.. Chill in the fridge until serving, then serve in glasses over ice.
More Tasty Summer Cocktails to try
If you want to try more summer cocktails, check out these other blog favorites.
Good Ol’ Fashioned Cocktail- one of the oldest mixed drink recipes around! Using only 4 ingredients, it comes together quickly
Beachside Cocktail- using only 3 ingredients, this tastes like summer in a drink! Refreshing, flavorful, and a favorite with many
Cinnamon Toast Crunch Shots- who knew that by adding a little Rumchata with Fireball, you have a combination that is the adult version of Cinnamon Toast Crunch….in shot form!
Alabama Slammer Cocktail Recipe
- 1 oz Southern Comfort
- 1 oz amaretto
- 1 oz sloe gin
- 2 oz orange juice
- Fill a glass with ice.
- Fill cocktail shaker with ice.
- Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker and shake well.
- Strain mixture into prepared glass with ice.
- Garnish with a cherry if desired.
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