Friday, August 26, 2016

Cocktail Recipe Du Jour: Alabama Slammer

Alabama Slammer

Legend has it that the colorful cocktail was first shaken at the University of Alabama in 1975.  There's also been said to have been made famous by Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre.  However, this drink was popular with college crowds as early as the 1980s, and is mentioned in the Playboy Bartender's Guide published in 1971.  The name could've originated from where it was invented, but it could just be from the inclusion of Sloe Gin and Southern Comfort.

I learned how to make it in bartending school the following way:

In a collins glass, pour:
1 oz. Sloe Gin
1/2 oz. Amaretto
1/2 oz. Southern Comfort
Fill with OJ
Garnish with an orange slice, cherry, or both

Best part was, to help us remember the ingredients, our teacher Betty gave us this phrase as a mnemonic device: "Slow Comfortable Screw With Nuts" (Sloe Comfort OJ Amaretto).

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