Drinks & Cocktails Tailgate Party

Yellow Hammer

January 9, 2012

The day is finally here! At 7:30 p.m. tonight I’ll be watching kick off for the BCS National Championship game. To say that I’m excited and nervous would be an understatement. I’ve already shared with you a few recipes for Alabama-themed libations (Bama Bombs, Rammer Jammer Jell-O Hammers, and The Van Tiffin), but I’ve saved the best for last. The Yellow Hammer is what I’ll be sipping on tonight. It’s sweet and tangy, with mostly a pineapple flavor. It’s the kind of drink that reminds you of punch and just like The Van Tiffin, it goes down way too easily.

Yellow Hammer

So, how’s it taste?

It tastes more like pineapple juice than anything else. There’s a slight citrusy hint of orange, and coconut from the Malibu rum. It’s on the sweet side, but not sickeningly sweet or thick and syrupy. It’s a good drink for the beach with the tropical flavors. Even with all that liquor, you can’t taste any of it. I’m not kidding when I say it goes down way too easily, so drink with caution!

Yellow Hammer in a Gallettes Cup

It’s pretty similar to the original served at Gallettes in Tuscaloosa, although I have no idea what their recipe is, except for the pineapple juice. I couldn’t find the true recipe anywhere, so I took bits and pieces and adjusted it myself for taste. (Tough job, I know.) Of course you can adjust the amount of alcohol to your liking. The recipe below is for a huge drink, about 20 ounces. The math is obnoxious, so remember 1 tablespoon equals 1/2 ounce and you’ll be set. I plan on making a pitcher for my friends tonight and I’ll be enjoying mine out of my official Yellow Hammer cup. Roll Tide Roll!

Yellow Hammer

inspired by the Gallettes original
makes 1 (about 20 oz.) drink


3 oz. vodka
2 oz. Malibu rum
1/2 oz. dark rum - not 151
10 1/2 oz. pineapple juice
3 1/2 oz. orange juice


1. Combine all ingredients and serve over ice.

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  • Sues January 12, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    I love the name! And the flavors sound incredible!

    • Leah January 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      It’s pretty darn tasty. I thoroughly enjoyed one (or two) watching the game!

  • Donna January 24, 2012 at 9:27 pm

    I watched the game and I wish I too would have had one of these. Looks great! I will have to keep it on file.

  • Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts July 15, 2012 at 7:05 pm

    LOVE this and so happy to have a recipe for this. I’m definitely going to try this soon. I had many of these at Gallette’s (back in the day!) and you’re right- they go down so easy- you just have no idea what hits you- but boy are they tasty!

    PS: Found you via Pinterest!

  • Meghan September 7, 2012 at 7:19 am

    I am a bartender at Gallettes and I’m sorry to say this recipe isn’t even close to correct. Got the juice right though!

    • Leah September 7, 2012 at 8:16 am

      I mention in the post that it’s not the Gallettes recipe, it’s inspired by it.