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Alabama Slammer

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Alabama Slammer: The History and Recipe Behind This Delicious Cocktail

Do you love cocktails? If so, then you need to try the Alabama Slammer! This delicious drink has a rich history that dates back to the 1970s.
It's a potent cocktail that packs a punch, and once you've tried it, you'll understand why it's such a popular choice among drinkers.
In this blog post, we will discuss the history of the Alabama Slammer and provide a recipe so that you can make it at home!

Empty highball glass with cocktail spoon and shaker

The History of the Alabama Slammer Cocktail

The Alabama Slammer is a delicious fruity cocktail that has been around for many years. The exact origin of the drink is unknown, but it is believed to have originated in the state of Alabama in the 1970s or at the University of Alabama.
The Alabama Slammer became popular in the 1980s and has been a staple at many bars and nightclubs ever since.
The Alabama Slammer is made with amaretto liqueur, Southern Comfort, sloe gin, and orange juice.
It is usually served in a highball glass with ice. This super sweet drink can be garnished with a slice of orange and maraschino cherry.

Alabama Slammer cocktail with orange wedge on a towel

How to make the Alabama Slammer Cocktail

Alabama Slammer Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 oz Amaretto Liqueur
  • 1 oz Sloe Gin
  • 1 oz Southern Comfort
  • 2 oz Orange Juice
  • Ice


Highball Glass


  • Orange Wheel/ Slice
  • Maraschino Cherry


Preparation time without Barsys Coaster: 5 - 10 minutes
  1. Fill a mixing glass with ice cubes, and combine all the ingredients: Amaretto Liqueur, Sloe Gin, Southern Comfort, and Orange Juice.
  2. Stir well with a bar spoon and strain into a Highball Glass.
  3. Garnish with an orange wedge or wheel and a maraschino cherry.
Tip: Use the Barsys Coaster for an elevated cocktail-making experience!

Tips on how to make the best Alabama Slammer Cocktail

When crafting the Alabama Slammer cocktail, it's important to use high-quality ingredients/ alcohol from the recipe.
Down below are some recommendations to help make the best Alabama Slammer possible:
  • The almond flavor of amaretto is key to this cocktail, so be sure to use a good-quality liqueur
  • Use fresh-squeezed orange juice for the best flavor
  • For a fun variation, replace orange juice with pineapple juice
  • Use Sloe Gin, if you can find it. Otherwise, any good-quality gin will work
  • For a sweeter drink, use Southern Comfort. For a less sweet option with an extra kick, try using bourbon instead
  • Add a splash of club soda for a refreshing twist
  • Place orange slices and maraschino cherries in the Highball glass to make it even more of a fruity drink

Summer Spread of watermelon, blueberries, salad, corn, grilled pineapple, chicken and vegetable skewers

What to pair with the Alabama Slammer Cocktail

When enjoying an Alabama Slammer cocktail, you may want to consider pairing it with a dish that has a similarly sweet and citrusy flavor profile. Some ideas include:
  • Fruit Salad
  • Pineapple Chicken Skewers
  • Ahi Tune Tartare
  • Spicy Shrimp Tacos

Two shot glasses of Amaretto Liqueur with almonds on a wood table

Fun Facts about Amaretto Liqueur

A luxurious liqueur that has a rich and distinct flavor derived from natural almond extract. It is smooth and velvety, with a hint of sweetness that lingers on the palate. This makes amaretto perfect for sipping on its own or for mixing into cocktails.
  • Amaretto is an Italian liqueur that is made from almonds.
  • The word "amaretto" means "little bitter" in Italian.
  • The liqueur has a sweet, nutty flavor with hints of almond and cherry.
  • Amaretto is used in many classic drinks, such as the Amaretto Sour and the Godfather.
  • Amaretto is also a popular choice for baking and cooking.

Bottle of Sloe Gin, glass of sloe gin, and bowl or sloe berries

Fun Facts about Sloe Gin

A delicious drink made from sloe berries, gin, and sugar. Sloe gin alcohol has a rich, fruity flavor with a hint of sweetness. It is perfect for creating festive holiday drinks or for enjoying on its own.
  • The most common flavor is plum, but other fruits such as apricot, cherry, or raspberry are sometimes used.
  • Sloe gin is made by infusing sloes (a type of small, tart plum) in gin.
  • It has a sweet and fruity flavor with a slightly bitter aftertaste.
  • Sloe gin was first made in England in the 18th century. It was originally used as a medicinal tonic and was thought to have health benefits.
  • Sloe gin became popular in the United States during prohibition (1920-1933) when people were making their own alcoholic beverages at home.

Bottles of various liqueurs at a bar

Fun Facts about Southern Comfort

A smooth, easy-drinking liqueur that packs a flavor punch. A unique blend of fruit and spices makes for a deliciously sweet and refreshing beverage that can be enjoyed on its own or mixed into your favorite cocktails.
  • Southern Comfort is a fruit-flavored liqueur that was created in New Orleans in 1874.
  • The original recipe for Southern Comfort included whiskey, fruits, and spices.
  • The liqueur is now made with neutral grain spirits and fruit juices.
  • The most common flavor of Southern Comfort is peach, but it is also available in other flavors, such as mango and green apple.
  • Southern Comfort is often used in cocktails, such as the Hurricane and the Southern Joe.

Glasses of orange juice on a decorative platter with an orange and orange slice

Fun Facts about Orange Juice

Orange juice is a refreshing and healthy drink that is packed with vitamins and minerals. Some of the health benefits of orange juice include being a good source of vitamin C, as well as being a good source of antioxidants. Orange juice can also help to boost your immune system.
  • Orange juice is a popular breakfast drink and is also used in many cocktails.
  • Oranges are a type of citrus fruit that is native to China.
  • The orange was introduced to Europe by Arab traders in the 12th century.
  • Oranges were first grown in Florida in the 16th century.
  • Today, Florida produces the most oranges of any state in the United States.
  • Orange juice is made by squeezing the fresh juice from oranges. It can also be made from concentrate, which is a concentrated form of orange juice that has been diluted with water.

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In Conclusion

There you have it! The history, ingredients, and instructions on the Alabama Slammer. This delicious cocktail is perfect for any occasion.
Whether you're looking for a festive holiday drink, a beverage for lazy afternoons, or a refreshing summertime cocktail, the Alabama Slammer is sure to hit the spot.
It is also a must-have cocktail for University of Alabama Crimson Tide game day parties!
So, next time you're in the mood for something sweet, delicious, and has a fruity taste, give this cocktail a try.
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Three glasses of Alabama Slammer with orange wedge