Amaretto - 1 oz
Southern Comfort - 1 oz
Sloe Gin - 1 oz
Orange Juice - 2 oz
Shake everything with ice and strain into an ice-filled highball glass.
Famous for being in the movie “Cocktail” starring Tom Cruise, I know… not a great advert.
The Alabama Slammer is one of those modern concoctions with a catchy and easy-to-remember name but without a definite recipe, others like Sex on the Beach, Woo Woo and Fuzzy Navel. Without sounding nasty, let’s just say it’s not a “serious” drink. But then why should it be? Sometimes cocktails can be relaxing and fun. The drink is actually not bad, with a nice blend of fruits and nuts flavour, for people who love sweet highballs.
Like I said, it is impossible to find the “original” or “absolute” recipe for this drink, because well, there isn’t one. Amaretto, Southern Comfort, sloe gin and orange juice are the four ingredients that should always be there, and other variations may include some or all of the following: vodka, lemon juice, grenadine etc.
The drink can be built instead of shaken. The recipe above was taken from Gary Regan’s The Joy of Mixology, he used equal measures of all three liqueurs but they don’t have to be. Other versions of Alabama Slammer were shaken and poured into six shot glasses, to be taken in one gulp, still it’s not much of a “slammer” despite containing three liqueurs.
Sloe gin is a liqueur traditionally made from macerating sloe berries with gin and sugar, but many cheap commercial brands substitute neutral grain spirits for gin, just make sure you pick up a good quality bottle, it really is worth the pounds. Finally the garnish is not required (and certainly not for the shooter version), but I thought the classic orange and cherry combo serves the purpose.