Alabama Slammer is an alcoholic beverage made with Southern Comfort, sloe gin, amaretto, and orange juice, shaken and poured over a glass of crushed ice. Top off the drink with orange slices and maraschino cherries for garnish. It is a refreshing cocktail that can also be served as a shot! If you enjoy sweet and colorful cocktails, be sure to also try a fun version of this, the Yellow Hammer Slammer!
Ingredients & Substitutions
Southern Comfort: Southern Comfort is a whiskey-flavored liqueur that did not even contain whiskey for a while! Today, it is a blend of whiskey, fruits, and spices. The whiskey-based liqueur comes in its original 70-proof, Southern Comfort Black (80-proof), and Southern Comfort 100. If you are looking for a little bit lower alcohol content, try their Southern Comfort 42 proof. If you don’t have Southern Comfort, try the cocktail with Wild Turkey or Maker’s Mark.
Sloe Gin: Sloe gin gets its name from the kind of berries it is made from, the sloe berries. The berries are from the Blackthorn, growing on its spiny branches. Sloe gin is another liqueur but gin-flavored with sloe berries and sugar. If you can’t find sloe gin, you could substitute vodka.
Amaretto: Amaretto is an almond-flavored liqueur, made with almonds and the kernels in apricot pits.
Orange Juice: Freshly squeezed orange juice is always best, especially when you can cut up some orange slices for garnish. However, bottled juice would work fine, too.
Garnish: Add orange slices and maraschino cherries for garnish. These are optional, but add flavor and some more color to the drink.
Can I Make This Drink Without a Cocktail Shaker?
Sure! If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, use a to-go coffee mug with a solid lid. Fill the mug up with ice, just like in a shaker, add all the ingredients, cover the opening mouth part, and get shakin’! Open it up and pour it into the glass of ice.
Alabama Slammer Shots
If you want to make this cocktail into shots, or shooters, shake up the ingredients in the shaker. Then, strain the drink into shot glasses.
- 1 ounce Southern Comfort
- 1 ounce sloe gin
- 1 ounce amaretto
- 2 ounces freshly squeezed orange juice
- orange slices, for garnish
- maraschino cherries, for garnish
- Fill a cocktail shaker with crushed ice.
- Add the Southern Comfort, sloe gin, amaretto, and orange juice to the shaker.
- Shake well for about 10-15 seconds to thoroughly mix and chill the ingredients.
- Fill a highball glass with crushed ice. Strain the cocktail into the glass.
- Garnish with an orange slice and a maraschino cherry.
- Serve immediately. Cheers!
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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:
What a great summer cocktail if you like sweet drinks! Light and bright and sweet, the perfect drink for patio season!
I am a beer girl, so sweet drinks don't do much for me. However, if you love a fruity and refreshing cocktail, give this one a sip! Cheers!
When it comes to alcohol, I don't typically choose sweet drinks, but this was quite refreshing! It is fruity and vibrant. Great for a hot, sunny day!
Loved the flavors in this drink!! It’s a winner!
If you love cherry and almond, this drink is for you! I don't care for almond in my drink, so it's not my favorite.