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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 1979: The Harvey Wallbanger

Party Like it’s 1979: The Harvey Wallbanger

It’s the ’70s and sleek cocktail lounges of the ’50s and ’60s have given way to blonde-wooded, fern-bedecked singles bars. The hairy-chested, gold-chained, porn-stached lounge lizard three seats over wants to buy you a drink. What are you going to have?

A Harvey Wallbanger, of course! I mean, it’s got “bang” right in the name. (Why else did you come out tonight?)

Drink historians (yeah, I guess there are such a thing) consider the ’70s the “Death Valley of cocktail eras.” Mixed drinks were laden with heavy cream and sickly sweet liqueurs, “fine” wine included Riunite (“that’s nice!”) and the great national debate pitted “tastes great” against “less filling.” Comparatively, the Harvey Wallbanger is a bastion of sophistication. Plus, you can finally use that bottle of Galliano you inherited from  your grandma.

The Harvey Wallbanger

Ingredients
1 oz. vodka
4 oz. orange juice
1⁄2 oz. Galliano liqueur

Directions
Pour vodka and orange juice into an ice-filled collins glass. Stir. Float Galliano on top by pouring gently over the back of a spoon.

There’s a whole backstory behind the ‘Banger, involving a California surfer, but it turns out to be mostly bullshit and actually an invention of a copywriter who worked for the company that makes Galliano in the ’70s. Which might make that the most ’70s thing ever.

Anyway, we hope you liked this recipe. Now go get that lounge lizard- but make sure you take your rings off before you hit the sack. Don’t wanna get ’em caught in his chest hair.

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