Does the thought of Coca-Cola mixed with roasted peanut evoke nostalgia and take you back to childhood for a moment? If you try to recollect, it would be one of those auspicious occasions when your mom allowed you to have that coke, and you managed those roasted peanuts kept at the kitchen corner to escape your mischievous eyes. The nostalgia transforms into delight, when the childhood favourite drink of yours is twisted today, with the kick of Jack Daniels.
The owners of the Alabama based gastro pub, Ollie Irene, reinvented the kid’s favourite coke and roasted peanuts, by adding the flavours of whisky. Thus, is the inception of Tallulah at Ollie Irene! It essentially is peanut syrup, and a pour of Jack Daniel’s mixed with Coca-Cola. Named after the co-owner’s great aunt, Tallulah, the cocktail became the signature drink of the gastropub.
While all three ingredients are easy to assemble, the peanut syrup or ordeal is slightly complex to prepare. Orgeat is sweet to taste, incorporating rose water, almonds, sugar, and orange flower water. It was originally concocted out of a perfect blend of barley and almond. Having a prominent almond taste, it has been an essential component of various cocktails.
Make your own Coke, Peanut & Whisky Cocktail
To mix your drink, first gather the ingredients – whisky, peanut orgeat, Coca Cola, and roasted peanuts. While preparing the orgeat, ensure you are cooking in low flame. Put in simmer, just after adding the peanuts. When it is about to boil, put off the gas. Keep it for about six hours, then strain through a cheesecloth. Add orange flower water, and keep inside a bottle. You can store the mixture for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. Now add coke, ½ ounces of Jack Daniel’s, and around 20 roasted peanuts. You can use Bourbon such as Chattanooga Whiskey, instead of Jack Daniel’s. Garnish with a twist of cherry for added embellishment.
The tale of Old Pal is laced with mysteries and contradictions, much like the celebrities of the era that its creator played host to. Between the two great wars when America was dying of thirst, Prohibition was driving the likes of Coco Chanel and Ernest Hemingway back into the arms of Paris where people could still get a drink and talk about great things.
This is not a cocktail in the true sense of the word, but a much needed creation all the same. It is the traditional Indian-style ‘chai’ or tea— served piping hot, sweet and milky, and infused with fragrant spices. In this case, it is spiked with a boozy doze of whiskey.