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Alabama Slammer I

Ingredients

  • 1 fluid ounce sloe gin
  • 1 fluid ounce Southern Comfort
  • 1 fluid ounce triple sec liqueur
  • 1 fluid ounce Galliano
  • 6 fluid ounces orange juice
  • 2 maraschino cherries
  • 1 slice orange, garnish

Glass

Alabama Slammer glass

Preparation instructions:

  1. In a cocktail mixer, combine sloe gin, Southern Comfort, triple sec, Galliano and orange juice. Shake vigorously and strain into 2 glasses with ice.
  2. Garnish each with a cherry and 1/2 slice of orange.

Original recipe makes 2 servings

History of the Alabama Slammer

The Alabama Slammer is a 1970s tiki bar, umbrella-topped, sweet tasting cocktail. Legend has it that the Alabama Slammer was invented at the University of Alabama in 1975, said to be the signature drink of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. The Alabama Slammer has become known as a favorite of frat boys, spring breakers and nautical aficionados of "boat drinks".

The Alabama Slammer comes in two versions: the cocktail, which is made in a highball glass, and the shot. The recipe is the same. The shots are just poured into smaller glasses - one glassful makes about four shots.

A classic Alabama Slammer is made in an ice-filled glass with 1/2 ounce sloe gin, 1/2 ounce Southern Comfort, and 1/2 ounce Amaretto, with enough fresh orange juice to top up and a cherry-and-orange-slice garnish.

Some recent versions call for grenadine instead of sloe gin, which was out of favour for a while, although the bittersweet liqueur is staging a comeback.

For a modern, upscale version of the Alabama Slammer, you could try ditching the Southern Comfort and use bourbon, lemon and orange juice, sloe gin, Amaretto and peach bitters.