Signature
Matthew Kelly / Supercall

Liqueur • Sweet
Sweet Home Alabama Slammer

At L.A.’s E.P.&L.P., lead bartender Adam Nystrom shakes up tapioca-dotted refreshments that he refers to as “patio pounders.” One of his seasonal bubble teas is a riff on the quintessentially ‘80s cocktail, the Alabama Slammer. “The mix of Southern Comfort, sloe gin, amaretto, and orange is classic, but the presentation is modern and more representative of our style,” Nystrom says. “We also manage to sneak in some Southeast Asian ingredients to really bring it home.” The biggest departure, other than the tapioca pearls lurking at the bottom of the glass, is the housemade SoCo, made with a dry-spiced infusion perfect for mixing. Mexican Orange Fanta replaces the usual orange juice, and gets an extra citrusy boost from pearls flavored with calamansi (a tart Southeast Asian fruit that lies somewhere between a lime and a kumquat, available online). It’s an explosive mashup.

The Essentials

Homemade Southern Comfort
Sipsmith Sloe Gin
Calamansi Popping Boba Pearls
Shaker
The Details
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Ingredients

1.25 oz Homemade Southern Comfort
.25 oz Sipsmith Sloe Gin
.25 oz Lazzaroni Amaretto
.75 oz lime juice
Mexican Orange Fanta, to top
Calamansi Popping Boba Pearls

Method

  • Add calamansi pearls to the bottom of a 16 oz boba cup (or highball glass).
  • Pour homemade Southern Comfort, sloe gin, amaretto and lime juice into a shaker with ice, shake and dump into the glass over pearls.
  • Top with Mexican Orange Fanta, add a boba straw, and serve.
intermediate
Strength:
DIY Southern Comfort
Custom Ingredient

Ingredients

1 750-mL bottle Kin White Whiskey
2 vanilla beans
20 Dried Cherries, split
4 Dried Apricots, split
1 tsp Coriander
1 tsp Cloves
3 Ceylon Cinnamon Sticks
1 tsp Pink Peppercorns
1 Star Anise Pod
1 quarter Orange
1 quarter Lemon

Method

  • Add all ingredients to a large container.
  • Infuse for at least 72 hours.
  • Strain and store at room temperature until ready to use.