The Alabama Slammer comes in two forms: this shooter and a refreshing highball. They both contain the same ingredients with slightly different proportions to account for the volume. It is a fun and fruity shot drink that was once more popular than it is today, though it is still worthy of note.
Inside the Alabama Slammer, you will find sloe gin, amaretto, and the sweet fruits that are from Southern Comfort. It is finished off with a touch of orange juice and it's quite the tasty drink, particularly if your sweet tooth has a craving.
Drinks like the Alabama Slammer may not be as popular as they once were, but they are a good throwback drink for retro parties and, of course, celebrating a University of Alabama Crimson Tide victory.
More Ways to Make the Alabama Slammer Shot
As it often goes with drinks that have a long-standing popularity, there are a number of ways to make the Alabama Slammer. Try one of these shooters instead, they're all made the same way: just shake it, strain it, and shoot it.
- Alabama Slammer with Grenadine - Mix 1 ounce each amaretto and Southern Comfort with 1/2 ounce each lime juice and grenadine.
- Alabama Slammer with Lemon - Mix 1/2 ounce sloe gin with 1 ounce each amaretto and Southern Comfort and add a dash of lemon juice.
- Alabama Slammer with Jack Daniel's - Mix 1/2 ounce each amaretto, Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey, orange juice, and creme de noyaux.
How Did We End Up With So Many Alabama Slammers?
The story of the Alabama Slammer says that it was created in the mid-70s near the University of Alabama. The school colors include crimson, which is the color of this shot.
During that time in bar history, it seems that everyone was throwing anything (and everything) into drinks and some of the most bizarre mixes were created. Not only were the drinks of this era super sweet and very fruity, they often included ingredients like the sloe gin and SoCo that we see in the Alabama Slammer. Not surprisingly, both of those spirits have also lost their mass appeal since this time.
As you can tell in the many Alabama Slammer recipes, the point was not always what was in the drink, but the final color. For one reason or another, bartenders (pro and amateurs alike) simply started to switch it up. Maybe one person didn't have sloe gin or another had a bottle of Jack Daniel's. If it was red and included amaretto, it seemed perfectly logical to call it an Alabama Slammer and this is not the only drink that we see this with.
Why does this matter? It doesn't, but it is one way to explain why we find so many variations of popular drinks.
Also, next time you're in one of those endless bar debates about what goes into this drink or that one, you can always toss out this argument. Maybe you can even come to an agreement that the bar world is filled with mystery, a million 'what's in the bar' moments, and a lot of popular drink names. In that way, neither of you is right or wrong and you can go back to enjoying your drinks.