The Alabama Slammer cocktail offers a tart, sweet, fruity flavor with a subtle almond flavor.
It’s easy to make in about five minutes.
Though I’d say it’s a little too long to slam, however, tailgaters will tell you, drink too many of them, and your head will be slamming with pain the next day.
Who invented the Alabama Slammer?
Its origin is uncertain.
The Playboy Bartender’s Guide
In 1971, it appeared in The Playboy Bartender’s Guide by Thomas Mario.
University of Alabama:
Legend says this fruity cocktail originated at the University of Alabama, it’s the Alabama Crimson Tide Football team’s signature cocktail.
The drink is crimson in color, like the University of Alabama.
Cocktail, the Movie
Some may remember it in the 1988 Cocktail movie, based on the novel by Heywood Gould that was semi-autobiographical and starred Tom Cruise.
In the movie, Cruise’s character, Brian, gives “The World’s Last Bartender” speech:
I am the last barman poet
I see America drinking the fabulous cocktails I make
Americans getting stinky on something I stir or shake
The sex on the beach
The schnapps made from peach
The velvet hammer
The Alabama slammer.
I make things with juice and froth
The pink squirrel
The three-toed sloth.
I make drinks so sweet and snazzy
The iced tea
The death spasm
The Singapore sling
America, you’ve just been devoted to every flavor I got
But if you want to get loaded
Why don’t you just order a shot?
Bar is open.
Southern Comfort in an Alabama Slammer:
Let’s face it, with a name featuring Alabama; Southern roots will come into play.
The traditional alcohol features “Southern Comfort,” but it’s not a whiskey but a liqueur.
It was created in New Orleans in 1874 by Martin Wilkes Heron, a bartender in the French Quarter.
He blended fruits and spices like orange, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon with low-quality whiskey and peach brandy to add sweetness and smoothness.
Feel free to substitute the whiskey in this recipe with Southern Comfort if you want the more traditional cocktail
Sloe Gin Varies from Gin:
Gin is derived from the juniper berry, while sloe gin’s main ingredient is the sloe berry.
Sloe Gin is the sweeter of the two.
While Gin has a higher alcohol content.
One is created through a distillation process (Gin), while the other (Sloe Gin) is created by mixing slow berries, and sugar, and steeping the gin.
Alabama Slammer Cocktail Recipe:
How to Make an Alabama Slammer
Prepare glass by filling it with ice.
Combine the amaretto, whiskey, sloe gin, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.
Add the ice to the shaker and shake until cold.
Strain the cocktail liquid into the prepared glass.
- 1 ounce amaretto liqueur
- 1-ounce whiskey
- 1/2 ounce sloe gin
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 1 cup ice, plus more to fill a glass
- 1 cherry, optional, for garnish
- 1 Orange wheel for garnish
- Prepare glass by filling it with
- Combine the amaretto, whiskey, sloe
gin, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker.
- Add the ice to the shaker and shake
- Strain the cocktail liquid into the
- Garnish with a cherry and an orange wheel on the glass rim.