Yellow Hammer

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.