The Alabama Slammer Cocktail is a sweet, fruity drink that’s made with Southern Comfort. Although no one really knows who invented it legend says that it was invented at the University of Alabama in the mid-1970s…and who am I to argue? With it’s bright red color it’s supposedly the signature drink of Crimson Tide – what I do know is that this gorgeous ruby drink is one of my favorites!
For this recipe you’ll need: Southern Comfort, Amaretto, Sloe Gin, orange juice, grenadine, maraschino cherries, orange slices, lime slices, lemon slices
In the mid-1970s I was 15 but there is a statute of limitations and so I think that whatever I say after this point is covered by layers of dust.
At age 15 my main goal in life was to have a boyfriend and be part of the cool crowd. It was relatively easy to accomplish the first but the second goal eluded me until I didn’t really care anymore. In fact, it is interesting to note that I became infinitely more popular amongst my high school peers after I published my first book and established myself as a food writer.
C’est la vie
For my 16th birthday my best friend came to pick me up to take me out. My mother LOVED him and was totally sure I was completely safe in his hands. Excuse me while I laugh hysterically.
So he came to pick me up on a warm April evening in 1976 and I was ready in my Brittania jeans, wedge heels, and tube top _ Texas big hair, super shiny kissing gloss, and kohl rimmed eyes – I was the epitome of 1970s style. In the car he triumphantly lifted up two bottles of cherry vodka and two bottles of Sprite.
Our evening was set.
All I can tell you about that night is that throwing up cherry vodka and Sprite is awful and I can’t stand the combination to this day.
So what does this have to do with an Alabama Slammer Cocktail?
Not much, but there are some similar flavors. Southern Comfort has a fruity, almost cherry, flavor to it and when you mix it with the other ingredients magic happens.
Plus it turns a bright crimson, which happens to be my favorite color. The Alabama Slammer Cocktail came back to life in the Tom Cruise film, Cocktail. I suspect a lot of cocktails came back to life in that movie!
Alabama Slammer Variations
Like most things there are more than a couple of ways to make the iconic Alabama Slammer Cocktail. Sloe gin is a red liqueur made with gin and small fruit related to the plum called sloe drupes. It’s not available everywhere but luckily there are ways around that.
- Substitute grenadine for the sloe gin
- Add 3/4 ounce vodka
- Add 1/2 ounce peach schnapps
- Squeeze of lemon juice
- Squeeze of lime
- Cranberry juice
- Sprite for some sparkle
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Alabama Slammer Cocktail Recipe
This easy recipe is perfect for summer sipping! You can adjust the servings by clicking on the number if you’d like to make it as a pitcher drink. If you love this recipe please give it 5 stars!
Alabama Slammer Cocktail
- 1 ounce Southern Comfort
- 1 ounce Sloe Gin , may substitute vodka
- 1 ounce Amaretto or Orgeat
- 1/2 ounce grenadine
- 3 ounces orange juice
- Oranges, lemons, limes for garnish
- Shake all ingredients with ice in a shaker.
- Strain into a glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with an orange, lemon, or lime slice, or cherry… or any combination!
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