Dale DeGroff’s Alabama Slammer

Adapted from The Craft of the Cocktail by Dale DeGroff (2002)

How did this misguided Roll Tide! rallying cry of a drink end up in legendary bartender Dale DeGroff’s 2002 book, The Craft of the Cocktail?

“[The] Alabama Slammer is in the book simply because when I was a waiter and a fledgling bartender in the 1970s, people ordered it,” says DeGroff. However reluctant the inclusion, DeGroff’s version is about as good as this dark-ages drink gets.



  • 1 ounce vodka
  • 3/4 ounce Southern Comfort
  • 3/4 ounce sloe gin
  • 4 ounces orange juice
  • 6 dashes grenadine, for garnish

Garnish: grenadine

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker.
  2. Add ice and shake until chilled.
  3. Strain into six 1-ounce shot glasses, and dash the top of each with grenadine.