A NUTTY AFFAIR: COKE, PEANUT AND WHISKY COCKTAIL

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 orgeat is slightly complex to prepare. Orgeat is sweet to taste, incorporating sugar, and orange flower water. It was originally concocted out of a perfect blend of barley and almond. Having a prominent taste, it has been an essential component of various cocktails.

Ingredients

  • Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey – 15 ml
  • Coca-cola
  • 20 roasted peanuts
  • Peanut orgeat – 30 gms
  • For peanut orgeat – Roasted, unsalted peanuts – 2 cups
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar – 1 ½ cups
  • 1 1/4 cups water – 1 ¼ cups
  • 1 tsp. orange flower water - 1 teaspoon
  • FOR GARNISH: Cherry

The Process

To prepare the orgeat, crush the peanuts in a food processor.

Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan over low flame, stirring continuously until sugar dissolves.

Allow mixture to boil for three minutes.

Add the ground peanuts to the mixture.

Let mixture simmer for several more minutes and gradually increase flame.

When mixture is about to boil, remove from the heat and cover.

Let mixture sit for at least six hours.

Strain it through a cheesecloth.

Add orange flower water and store in a bottle. You can store the mixture for up to two weeks in the refrigerator.

In a glass, add the coke, Jack Daniel’s, orgeat, and peanuts.

You can use Bourbon whiskey such as Chattanooga Whiskey, instead of Jack Daniel’s.

Garnish with a twist of cherry for enjoy the gown-up version of your childhood drink!


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