A southern charm of a cocktail, the Alabama Slammer drink is made with four ingredients and is suitable for any season or occasion. Its complex yet delightful flavor of nutty, fruity, and refreshing along with its crimson hue are a hit.
You won’t have to look too hard to find a classic Alabama Slamma once you enter Crimson Tide territory of the University of Alabama, where the cocktail originated. Sometimes served as a shot, the Alabama Slammer recipe is simple to make at home and can be easily multiplied to make multiple cocktails.
Alabama Slammer Ingredients
- Amaretto. An almond-flavored liqueur that is sweet and nutty. A star in the classic Amaretto Sour and Pink Squirrel cocktails.
- Sloe Gin. Made with tart sloe berries that grow in England and are most popular in the Sloe Gin Fizz.
- Southern Comfort. See more on Southern Comfort below.
- Orange Juice. A citrusy and refreshing finish that ties the drink together. Freshly squeezed juice is ideal for any cocktail recipe, but store-bought will also do since just a splash is needed.
How to Make an Alabama Slammer
- Add sloe gin, amaretto, and southern comfort to a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Give it a good shake until ingredients are well combined and chilled.
- Strain into an ice-filled glass.
- Top with orange juice.
- Garnish and enjoy!
How to Serve
Serve your Alabama Slammer recipe in a highball glass or glass tumbler over ice. Garnish with an orange and cherry and enjoy.
The popular cocktail can be served as a drink or as a shot. Its roots date back to the 1960s and 1970s as a shot at the University of Alabama, where the drink’s crimson hue matches the school’s beloved Crimson Tide.
Technically neither! SoCo is actually a liqueur made with low-quality whiskey blended with fruits and spices.
Amaretto is an almond-flavored liqueur that can be made with vodka like in this homemade recipe. The standard base is typically made with almonds or apricot pits.
Other Refreshing Cocktails
- 1 ounce Amaretto
- 1 ounce Sloe Gin
- 1 ounce Southern Comfort
- Orange Juice to top
- Fill a shaker with ice.
- Pour into the shaker the amaretto, sloe gin, and Southern Comfort.
- Shake well.
- Pour into an ice-filled glass.
- Top with orange juice.
- Garnish and enjoy.
Jeanne Pratt says
Great drink. Question: is there a sub for Southern Comfort? Not my favorite (bad college experience🤪)
Nathan Longley says
You could use any whiskey or bourbon, it will just take slightly different than the original since Southern Comfort is whiskey with fruit and spice accents. Hope you enjoy!