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