No one knows for sure exactly when and where the Alabama Slammer was invented, but it appeared as early as 1971 in Thomas Mario’s Playboy Bartender’s Guide. Popular amongst tailgaters and revelers at the University of Alabama, some say it’s the signature cocktail of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team. No matter the precise history, one thing is for certain—drink too many of them, and your head will be slamming with pain the next day.
A sweeter, spicier riff on the Screwdriver, the Sloe Comfortable Screw gets an additional hit of flavor from Southern Comfort and sloe gin. If you can keep a straight face while ordering one at a bar, you’ll be rewarded with a refreshing brunch drink. If you choose to make one for yourself at home, be sure to use fresh orange juice and a good qua...