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Ollie Irene's Tallulah Cocktail Recipe

Staff Writer
Ollie Irene

This is one of the first cocktails created for Mountain Brook, AL’s restaurant Ollie Irene, and is an adult twist on the Southern custom of throwing a few salted peanuts into a Coke bottle and allowing it to marinate until the last sip.  It’s simple to put together – just combine Jack Daniels, Coke, and peanut orgeat (an old fashioned peanut syrup). 

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1 cocktail


For the orgeat

  • 2 Cups peanuts, roasted and unsalted
  • 1 1/2 Cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 Cup water
  • 1 Teaspoon orange flower water
  • 1 Ounce brandy

For the Tallulah

  • 1 3/4 Ounce Jack Daniel's
  • Peanut Orgeat
  • 1 can Coca-Cola
  • Roasted Peanuts, for garnish


For the orgeat

Place the peanuts in a food processor and process.

Place the sugar and water in a sauce pan over medium hit and stir constantly until the sugar dissolves. Allow the mixture to boil, stirring constantly, until it becomes a simple syrup, about 3 minutes. Add the peanuts to the simple syrup, continue stirring, and lower the heat and bring the mixture to a simmer. Keep stirring while slowly bringing up the heat to a boil.

Once it begins to boil, remove the mixture from the heat and cover. Steep the mixture for 6 hours.

Strain the mixture in a few layers of cheesecloth, discarding the peanuts, and allow it to sit overnight. Mix the orange flower water and brandy into the peanut syrup.

For the Tallulah

Fill a rocks glass with ice. Add the Jack Daniels and peanut orgeat. Stir. Top off with coke and garnish with roasted peanuts.

Cocktail Shopping Tip

Buy your booze in bulk – transfer what you need into smaller bottles to stock your bar – you’ll save money and have enough leftover for your next party.

Cocktail Cooking Tip

Add another layer of flavor to your cocktails by making your own simple syrup – combine equal parts sugar and water with whatever aromatics you like – fresh herbs, whole spices, citrus, or chile peppers – heat to dissolve sugar and strain before using.