Alabama Slammer Cocktail Drink

Alabama Slammer

A shot of Gavin Wrigley looking to the camera in a dimly lit room
Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Andrea Ottaiano
5 from 1 vote

Craving a cocktail that’s as vibrant as a Southern sunset? The Alabama Slammer recipe is your go-to! With a mix of delightful ingredients, this drink is a feast for the eyes and super easy to make.

Alabama Slammer Recipe

Fall in love with this straightforward Alabama Slammer recipe! A mix of Southern Comfort, amaretto, sloe gin, and orange juice makes this cocktail the highlight of your day.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

230 kl

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Southern Comfort
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • 1 oz Sloe Gin
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or cherry, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer
  • Boston Shaker

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Southern Comfort: Pour 1 oz Southern Comfort in your Boston shaker.
  • Add Amaretto: Measure and pour 1 oz Amaretto.
  • Add Sloe Gin: Add 1 oz Sloe Gin to the mix.
  • Add Orange Juice: Complete the mixture by adding 2 oz orange juice.
  • Shake: Ice up the shaker, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice.
  • Garnish: Drop an orange slice or cherry into the glass.

Notes

Substitutes:

I've had moments when I didn't have all the specific liqueurs. Here's what worked for me:
  • Southern Comfort: You can use whiskey as a substitute. It won't capture the unique flavors of Southern Comfort but will still add a kick.
  • Amaretto: A blend of almond extract and a neutral spirit can mimic the almond flavors of Amaretto.
  • Sloe Gin: Regular gin with a splash of blackcurrant cordial can fill in, although you'll miss that deep red color.

Making a Pitcher of Alabama Slammer:

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That's 8 oz each of Southern Comfort, Amaretto, Sloe Gin, plus 16 oz of orange juice.
  • Mix: Combine all these in a large pitcher and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, garnish as desired, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Southern Comfort Substitute: Use non-alcoholic peach syrup.
  • Amaretto Substitute: Opt for non-alcoholic almond syrup.
  • Sloe Gin Substitute: Use a mix of pomegranate juice and a touch of lemon.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the alcoholic ingredients with these non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps.

Making it Vegan:

The standard Alabama Slammer recipe is vegan-friendly, as it contains no animal products. Double-check that your Amaretto doesn't use non-vegan coloring or additives, which is generally not a concern.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
230
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.2
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.04
g
0
%
Sodium
 
3
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
22
g
7
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
18
g
20
%
Potassium
 
122
mg
3
%
Protein
 
0.4
g
1
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
0.03
g
Vitamin A
 
113
IU
2
%
Vitamin C
 
28
mg
34
%
Calcium
 
7
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.1
mg
1
%

 

Alabama Slammer Cocktail Drink

Alabama Slammer Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
5 from 1 vote
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Fall in love with this straightforward Alabama Slammer recipe! A mix of Southern Comfort, amaretto, sloe gin, and orange juice makes this cocktail the highlight of your day.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 230

Ingredients
 

  • 1 oz Southern Comfort
  • 1 oz Amaretto
  • 1 oz Sloe Gin
  • 2 oz orange juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Orange slice or cherry - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Strainer
  • Boston Shaker

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Southern Comfort: Pour 1 oz Southern Comfort in your Boston shaker.
  • Add Amaretto: Measure and pour 1 oz Amaretto.
  • Add Sloe Gin: Add 1 oz Sloe Gin to the mix.
  • Add Orange Juice: Complete the mixture by adding 2 oz orange juice.
  • Shake: Ice up the shaker, shake vigorously and strain over fresh ice.
  • Garnish: Drop an orange slice or cherry into the glass.

Notes

Substitutes:

I've had moments when I didn't have all the specific liqueurs. Here's what worked for me:
  • Southern Comfort: You can use whiskey as a substitute. It won't capture the unique flavors of Southern Comfort but will still add a kick.
  • Amaretto: A blend of almond extract and a neutral spirit can mimic the almond flavors of Amaretto.
  • Sloe Gin: Regular gin with a splash of blackcurrant cordial can fill in, although you'll miss that deep red color.

Making a Pitcher of Alabama Slammer:

  • Scale: To serve 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That's 8 oz each of Southern Comfort, Amaretto, Sloe Gin, plus 16 oz of orange juice.
  • Mix: Combine all these in a large pitcher and stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses, garnish as desired, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Southern Comfort Substitute: Use non-alcoholic peach syrup.
  • Amaretto Substitute: Opt for non-alcoholic almond syrup.
  • Sloe Gin Substitute: Use a mix of pomegranate juice and a touch of lemon.
  • Proceed As Usual: Replace the alcoholic ingredients with these non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps.

Making it Vegan:

The standard Alabama Slammer recipe is vegan-friendly, as it contains no animal products. Double-check that your Amaretto doesn't use non-vegan coloring or additives, which is generally not a concern.

What is an Alabama Slammer?

Alabama Slammer is a cocktail featuring Southern Comfort, Amaretto, Sloe Gin, and orange juice. Often considered a Southern classic, this drink became popular in the late 20th century and has been a staple in bars and parties ever since. Despite its intricate blend of flavors, you don’t need to be a professional to appreciate an Alabama Slammer.

A side shot of a Alabama Slammer cocktail in a highball glass on a coaster surrounded by straws and lemon slices with lemons and a orange behind placed on a beige table, in front of a light pink wall.

What is an Alabama Slammer made of – The Ingredients

Ingredients included in an Alabama Slammer recipe are as follows:

  • Southern Comfort: Adds a sweet, fruity base to the cocktail.
  • Amaretto: Introduces a nutty, almond flavor.
  • Sloe Gin: Provides a tart berry undertone and deep red color.
  • Orange Juice: Offers citrusy brightness, balancing the sweetness.
  • Ice Cubes: Chill the drink to enhance its refreshing quality.
  • Orange Slice or Cherry: Serves as a simple garnish, enhancing visual appeal and adding a subtle extra flavor.

Southern Comfort, Amaretto, Sloe Gin and oranges laid out on a white bar table.

How do you make an Alabama Slammer?

Step by step, our guide shows you how to make an Alabama Slammer:

1
<p>First, fill your highball glass with ice cubes to prepare it for the cocktail.</p>

First, fill your highball glass with ice cubes to prepare it for the cocktail.

2
<p>Pour 1 oz of Southern Comfort into the shaker, setting the stage with its sweet, fruity base.</p>

Pour 1 oz of Southern Comfort into the shaker, setting the stage with its sweet, fruity base.

3
<p>Measure and add 1 oz of Amaretto, introducing its nutty almond flavor to the mix.</p>

Measure and add 1 oz of Amaretto, introducing its nutty almond flavor to the mix.

4
<p>Follow up with 1 oz of sloe gin, contributing a tart berry undertone and a deep red hue.</p>

Follow up with 1 oz of sloe gin, contributing a tart berry undertone and a deep red hue.

5
<p>Add 2 oz of orange juice to the blend, balancing the cocktail's citrusy brightness.</p>

Add 2 oz of orange juice to the blend, balancing the cocktail's citrusy brightness.

6
<p>Fill up the shaker with ice cubes.</p>

Fill up the shaker with ice cubes.

7
<p>Secure the lid of the shaker.</p>

Secure the lid of the shaker.

8
<p>Shake for about 15 seconds.</p>

Shake for about 15 seconds.

9
<p>Strain your cocktail in your highball glass.</p>

Strain your cocktail in your highball glass.

10
<p>Drop an orange slice or cherry as a garnish to enhance the cocktail's visual appeal and flavor</p>

Drop an orange slice or cherry as a garnish to enhance the cocktail's visual appeal and flavor

11
<p>Enjoy your cocktail!</p>

Enjoy your cocktail!

Can I make an Alabama Slammer with Vodka?

So, you’re thinking about swapping out some ingredients for vodka in your Alabama Slammer? That’s a solid move if you’re after a cleaner, less complex base for the cocktail. Vodka’s neutral flavor makes the Amaretto, Sloe Gin, and orange juice shine. Brands like Grey Goose, Tito’s, or Absolut work great for a smooth finish. If you want to stick to the Southern theme, consider using Dixie Vodka, which hails from South Carolina. Just remember, using vodka will make the drink less sweet and slightly more potent, so adding a splash of orange juice might be a good idea to balance it out. Cheers!

Alabama Slammer without Sloe Gin

Want to make an Alabama Slammer without Sloe Gin? No worries, you’ve got options. You can substitute it with regular gin to maintain the spirit base, but expect a less fruity, more botanical kick. If you go this route, consider using a well-known brand like Tanqueray or Bombay Sapphire for a quality experience. Alternatively, you could use blackberry liqueur to keep some fruitiness intact. Adjust the orange juice a tad to ensure the flavors are balanced and you’re ready.

Best Gin for an Alabama Slammer

Are you looking to add a gin twist to your Alabama Slammer? Let’s talk brands. If you want something that meshes well with the existing fruity, nutty flavors, go for a less botanical gin. Think Beefeater or Plymouth, which have a balanced profile that won’t overpower the cocktail. For something more adventurous, Hendrick’s offers a subtle rose and cucumber note that could add an interesting layer. But if you’re a purist and want the gin to stay true to the Southern roots of the drink, you can’t go wrong with Southern Gin, which offers a straightforward, clean taste. My top pick? Beefeater, for its versatility and smooth finish.

A side shot of a Alabama Slammer cocktail in a highball glass on a coaster surrounded by straws, and orange and lemon slices with a half lemon and an orange behind placed on a beige table, in front of a light pink wall.

Variations

Seeking more innovative twists? We have several that we find especially delightful:

  • Tequila Slammer: This adaptation brings a Mexican twist, substituting Southern Comfort with tequila. The switch elevates the drink’s robustness and introduces a more pronounced citrusy edge. I’m particularly drawn to this unique blend; the tequila adds an exciting sharpness that energizes the palate.
  • Alabama Sunset: Here, the switch from orange to grapefruit juice lends a tarter edge, offering a delightful contrast to the sweet components. The grapefruit’s tanginess cuts through the sweetness, creating a more nuanced flavor profile. I really enjoy how this change adds a refreshing sharpness, making it a perfect choice for warm evenings.
  • Southern Heat: This takes the classic base and infuses it with chili peppers, adding a spicy dimension that effectively counters the inherent sweetness. The chili’s heat provides an unexpected but welcome kick, transforming the overall experience into something more adventurous.
  • Alabama Cooler: By replacing orange juice with lemonade, this version lightens the entire composition. The lemonade brings a zestier, more refreshing character, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a lighter, more invigorating option.

History and Origin

The Alabama Slammer has roots in the American South, and it gained popularity in the late 20th century, especially during the 1970s and 1980s. Many believe the cocktail originated in the college scene, specifically in the fraternity houses and bars around the University of Alabama, hence its name. While the exact creator remains unknown, the drink quickly became a staple at parties, bars, and social events, often served as a shot or a long drink.

Southern Comfort, one of the key ingredients, adds a Southern touch to the cocktail, underscoring its regional origin. The Alabama Slammer became iconic enough to make its way into popular culture, appearing in movies and television shows. Over the years, it has spawned numerous variations but remains a classic, particularly in Southern bars and tailgate parties. Its vibrant color and fruity, nutty flavor profile make it visually appealing and easy to drink, contributing to its enduring popularity.

A shot of a Alabama Slammer, shot from above, in a highball glass on a coaster with an orange and a lemon slices, and some paper straws, placed on a beige table.

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FAQ

How many calories are in an Alabama Slammer?
An Alabama Slammer typically contains around 180-200 calories, depending on the brands of alcohol and juice used.
How strong is an Alabama Slammer in terms of ABV and proof?
The strength can vary, but it usually has an ABV of around 20-25%, which translates to 40-50 proof.
What types of alcohol are used in an Alabama Slammer?
Southern Comfort, Amaretto, and Sloe Gin are the primary alcohols in this drink.
In which glass is it usually served?
An Alabama Slammer is generally served in a highball glass.
What does an Alabama Slammer taste like?
It has a fruity, nutty, and slightly sweet flavor, highlighted by Southern Comfort, Amaretto, and orange juice.
What is the ratio of the ingredients?
The classic ratio is 1:1:1 for the Southern Comfort, Amaretto, and Sloe Gin, with 2 parts of orange juice.
How is it served in terms of ice?
The cocktail is typically served over ice cubes in a highball glass.
What is a Savannah Slammer?
A Savannah Slammer is a cocktail made with peach schnapps, vodka, and lemonade, often enjoyed as a refreshing and fruity drink.

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