Mixology

Happy Hour: Alabama Slammer

I recently bought Gin Made Me Do It by Jassy Davis, and the Alabama Slammer was one of the first drinks that I hadn’t heard of to catch my eye. According to the drink’s intro, this was originally a shot. I’ve been wanting to get a bottle of sloe gin for a while, so this was a great excuse to do just that.

Ingredients

1oz Sloe gin
1oz Amaretto
1oz Southern Comfort
2oz Orange juice

Combine ingredients in shaker, fill with ice, and shake vigorously. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice.

Impressions

Much sweeter than I anticipated. You first get orange before a more general fruity flavor takes over. There’s a lingering bite that I think might be due to the amaretto. That bite mellows as the ice melts. I didn’t catch any hints of juniper, and I don’t know how well that would work in the overall flavor of this drink. That could be a feature of this particular sloe gin, or the other notes overwhelmed it.

This is my first experience with sloe gin and Southern Comfort. I’ve loved the smell of amaretto since I was a pre-teen. My mom would sometimes get a small glass of it when we were on vacation at Disney, staying at the concierge level of the Polynesian resort. She also allowed me a sip of it once, and I’ll admit, I wasn’t that big of a fan. While I won’t drink it straight, I can handle it mixed in a cocktail.

The Alabama Slammer isn’t a bad drink, but it’s not something that I would make regularly. It’s a little too sweet for my tastes. I looked up a recipe for the shot version. Based off the proportions of ingredients, the shot would be even sweeter. I also think that this would be a good summer time drink.

I’m excited to play around more with sloe gin. I’ve found a few more recipes to try out, one of them being a hot chocolate! Have you tried sloe gin? How do you like to drink it?