Sweet Home Alabama Slammer

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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.

Sweet Home Alabama Slammer

Sweet, Sour


  • 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


Step one

Add calamansi pearls to the bottom of a 16 oz boba cup (or highball glass).

Step two

Pour homemade Southern Comfort, sloe gin, amaretto and lime juice into a shaker with ice, shake and dump into the glass over pearls.

Step three

Top with Mexican Orange Fanta, add a boba straw, and serve.

Contributed by Adam Nystrom