Have your spring cocktail cravings hit yet? I reach for darker liquors in the winter and gin in the spring, and I find my craving coming on. What I have yet to find myself craving, however, is a peanut-spiked Coca Cola cocktail. But then again, I didn't grow up in the South.
If you grew up in the South at a certain time, dropping peanuts in a glass of coke was a sweet and salty treat that many fondly remember. Today, the folks at Ollie Irene, a gastropub in Birmingham Alabama, have brought these flavors to life again in the Tallulah, a cocktail comprised of Coca-Cola, peanut syrup, and Jack Daniel’s.
While the cocktail is super simple to mix, the peanut syrup is a bit fussy and will take some time to prepare. Known by cocktail enthusiasts as an orgeat, it's best to conquer it in advance as it takes six hours to set and involves some oven time and straining. But once you've made it, the syrup will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
I can't think of anything that will kick a cocktail rut to the curb faster than The Tallulah. Think warm weather patios and long, lazy afternoons.
Do you know this treat? Peanuts in Coca-Cola? Is it something you grew up with?
→ Get the Recipe: The Tallulah Cocktail at Garden and Gun
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