Strong cherry notes from amaretto and sloe gin are tempered by the mellow spice of Southern Comfort and the subtle tartness of orange juice in this sweet and tangy cocktail, the Alabama Slammer. Serve this Alabama Slammer recipe as a cocktail, shot, or party punch, and it’s sure to become a favorite!
With college football starting strong (Waaarrrr Eeeeagle!), what better time to share one of my favorite football party drinks, the Alabama Slammer. As an Auburn graduate, you’d have a hard time getting me to be a fan of anything that has to do with the Alabama Crimson Tide. But that doesn’t stop me from enjoying this crimson red mixed drink that got its start on the University of Alabama campus!
This classic Southern cocktail goes by many names including the Alabama Slammer, the Southern Slammer, and even the Yellow Hammer Slammer. Whichever you choose to call it, be warned; there’s a reason it’s called a slammer…one drink too many and your head will be slamming the next day!
This nutty and fruity drink originally started out as the Alabama Slammer Shot. However, it’s just as delicious when poured over ice in a glass or scooped from a punch bowl at your tailgating or home-gating football party.
How to Make an Alabama Slammer Cocktail
The Alabama Slammer recipe calls for four ingredients: Southern Comfort, Sloe Gin, Amaretto, and orange juice. While these particular ingredients might not sound very appealing, something deliciously interesting happens when you combine them just right.
The strong cherry notes from the amaretto and sloe gin are tempered by the mellow spice of Southern Comfort and the subtle tartness from the orange juice, and together they create a sweet and tangy cocktail – or shot – that’s sure to become a favorite.
So without further ado…here’s how to make an Alabama Slammer (the complete ingredients and instructions are listed in the printable recipe at the bottom of this post).
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Alabama Slammer Cocktail Ingredients
- Southern Comfort
- Sloe Gin
- Orange Juice
- orange wheel and cherry for garnish
Alabama Slammer Recipe Instructions
To make this mixed drink recipe all you need is a cocktail shaker, some ice, and the above ingredients. It literally takes just seconds to make. Simply add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice, then shake, shake, and shake some more. Once it’s nice and cold, strain the drink into a highball glass and then enjoy!
How to Make an Alabama Slammer Shot
Make an Alabama Slammer Shot the same way as the cocktail except strain it into shot glasses. Use the given recipe as is and you will get close to four shots. Too many shots? Cut the recipe in half. Need more for a party? Simply double, triple, or quadruple the recipe.
Tips on Making the Best-Ever Alabama Slammer Cocktail
The Alabama Slammer recipe tastes great however you make it, but using the following tips will take it to a whole new level of yumminess!
- Use a high-quality true sloe gin. Avoid that overly-sweet syrupy stuff you can find in most grocery stores, and opt for a sloe gin that’s a higher proof than other brands. Something in the 40-50 proof range will give this drink a lot more depth and more of a tart flavor.
- Use either 100% pure and fresh-squeezed orange juice or squeeze your own.
Alabama Slammer Recipe – Printable
- Cocktail Stick
- 1 oz Southern Comfort
- 1 oz Amaretto
- 1 oz Sloe Gin
- 2 ounces Orange Juice
- orange wheel and cherry for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice cubes.
- Pour in all ingredients and shake well until completely chilled.
- Fill a highball glass with ice.
- Strain the mixture into it.
- Garnish with an orange wheel and a cherry.
- As-is, this recipe will make around four shots.
- Too many shots? Cut the recipe in half.
- Need more for a party? Simply double, triple, or quadruple the recipe.
*calories per drink are estimated via Verywell Fit Recipe Calorie and Nutrition Calculator
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