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Party Like It’s 1989: The Alabama Slammer

Party Like It’s 1989: The Alabama Slammer

The ’80s was the decade of excess and neon and this did not stop with its cocktails. Why make a drink with one type of liquor when you could make one with ALL the liquors? (Long Island Iced Tea, I’m looking at you.) And who wants boring old vodka or gin when you could have Blue Curaçao or Midori?

Some of us were in high school in the ’80s and we would drink whatever we could get our hands on. Wine coolers. Root beer Schnapps. Seagram’s 7 from our parents’ liquor cabinet smuggled out of the house a saline solution bottle… how else are you going to make it through a football game when your team is 0-7?

Once we got to college, Friday night found us pre-gaming in our dorm with a case of Old Milwaukee before the SAE party, where we’d swallow shot after shot of Malibu, or god help us, Southern Comfort. One of us, to this day, still cannot be in the same room as Southern Comfort. So in honor of our misspent youth, let’s make an Alabama Slammer.

Invented, so the story goes, at the University of Alabama in the mid-’70s, the Slammer is (allegedly?) the signature drink of the Crimson Tide Football team. Roll tide!

Alabama Slammer

Photo: Liquor.com

Ingredients

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

Directions

Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice. Shake, and strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with an orange wheel and a cherry. Or, you know, make a pitcher and drink the whole thing and repeat until you vomit and remain haunted by the smell of SoCo 30 years later.

 

 

Party Like It’s 1959: The Pink Squirrel

Party Like It’s 1959: The Pink Squirrel

The ’50s mark the golden age of the cocktail party, evoking images of glamorous women in sexy black dresses, martini in hand, slinking around with sophisticated, chain-smoking, white-jacketed Don Drapers.

This week’s cocktail is neither glamorous nor sophisticated, but fun and classic in its own way. And… it’s pink! And named after a small rodent! What’s not to love?

Invented (so the story goes) at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge in Milwaukee, WI, the Pink Squirrel highlights crème de noyaux, a little-known liqueur made from the pits of stone fruits that tastes vaguely of almonds, and crème de cacao. Some recipes call for ice cream rather than heavy cream, so if that’s your jam, go for it.

The Pink Squirrel

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Ingredients

1.5 oz. crème de noyaux*
1.5 oz. crème de cacao
1.5 oz. heavy cream

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake. Add ice and shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a maraschino cherry if desired. You’re ready to roll with Don Draper!

*If you can’t find it, try Amaretto.

Have you ever had a pink squirrel? Would you ever try one? What’s your favorite pink food or drink?