Kaelah's Cocktail Hour: New Old Lady

I've been bartending for over 5 and a half years now (holy crap!) so it goes without saying that I've found certain drinks to be my favorite to make and consume. I decided to start a new feature here on LCH sharing some of my absolute favorite cocktails from my bar. Some originated there. Some originated from me. Some came from goodness knows where but made an impression at my little bar. But they have one thing in common: they're all delicious. I'm biased to a few and this first one I'm sharing is my all time favorite. I might as well not drink anything else because 99% of the time, it's a New Old Lady.

In my 5+ years I have never had a single person tell me they didn't like the NOL when I suggest it. I get a lot of customers who have no idea what they want and this is always my first suggestion. It's kind of my baby!

Below you'll find the illustrated (and very simplistic) recipe, and I'll include ways to change it up to suit your mood underneath! 

For everyone afraid of taking a "recipe" to a bartender, worried that they'll roll their eyes at you and tell you they can't make it, don't be scared! I love when customers bring me new recipes and I love sharing my concoctions with other bartenders! Other bartenders (or you!) may recognize some of the drinks I feature by a different name, and that's all well and good! Every place tends to call it by a different name, and every bar may mix a Sex on the Beach differently! We don't actually abide by a little black book of recipes so don't be alarmed if I share something you think is wrong... it's just how we do it! Enjoy! (Click on the image below to see it full size!)


Ways to mix it up:
+ Add a splash of Sprite and/or pineapple juice. This is especially tasty if you serve it on ice as a drink!
+ Like the subtext reads, do equal parts whiskey and schnapps if you want to ease your way into it.
+ Add a tiny splash of grenadine for a fruity kick.

Most bartenders will understand what you mean when you say "one parts" and "two parts" and "splash"... but if you want to make it at home and you have no idea what that means, think of all alcohol equaling 1.5 ounces (2 or 2.5 if you're feeling wild!). 3 parts of 1.5 oz would be .5 oz each. 1 oz whiskey and .5 oz peach schnapps. I don't actually measure this as I've grown accustomed to just knowing when to pour/stop, but if you have a jig on your liquor, start to pour it and count to five fairly quickly. That is roughly between 1 and 1.5 oz. I tend to say counting to 3 is half an ounce but that's fudging it a bit! (ex: count to 5 quickly for the whiskey and count to 3 for the schnapps!) Okay, I may tend to give a wee bit more alcohol than the recipe calls for but oh well! If you're mixing it at home you can mix to taste so don't sweat it too much! If it's too strong you can always dilute it a bit with sweet ' sour mix. Be careful if you're prone to heartburn as the sweet 'n sour might set it off!

New Old Lady is without a doubt my favorite drink so if you find yourself craving something new when you're out and about (or even at home), give it a try! Let me know if you decide to try it and what you think! It's absolutely yummy! xo

What's your favorite cocktail to have when you go out?

PS; I'll also be sure to include some mock-tail recipes for all of you readers who are underage or choose not to drink alcohol! I can't leave you out! ;)

43 comments:

  1. I know absolutely nothing about alcohol, haha. I'm twenty-one but haven't drank more than a rebellious sip or two when I was much younger. I was against drinking, but I've decided recently to go out with my sister and our guys to drink when they come home for Christmas. Maybe I'll try something like this. :)

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  2. I love crown and peach together. We have a frozen vegas bomb machine at my favorite bar. I think they use lime juice instead of s&s and then add Red Bull. It's delicious.

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  3. I've been reading (obsessing) over your blog for a few months and I gotta tell you, this new feature IS AMAZING. I'm totally stoked to try to make this myself. xo

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  4. Love your new feature! Peach Schnapps makes everything better.. in more ways than one.

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  5. PS--My favorite drink is a Dark and Stormy <3

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  6. I adore this idea! And the drink sounds yummy, though I can't drink whiskey due to my celiac disease. I would totally try it otherwise, though :) Can't wait to see more!

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  7. Oh gosh. I could use that today when I have to clean up and repack the Book Fair at my kidlet's school! I'd bet it would be MUCH more fun!

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  8. I love this new feature! I can't wait to try this recipe. Thanks Kaelah!

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  9. My favorite drink is: Crown and diet. Crown Royal Whiskey and Diet Coke. Then after a few of those it's Crown on the rocks.

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  10. I'm glad it's not obnoxious to ask bartenders questions because I love asking for new/different things than I've had before. I'm not a big drinker but I'll have to try and remember this one next time we go out.
    Lately I've been enamored with something called an 'applesauce' which (if I remember correctly) is two parts goldschlager, one part Apple Pucker, and a 'splash'' of pineapple juice. Delicious.

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  11. although technically not a "cocktail", beer is my drink of choice! I have yet to spend much time experimenting with liquor... it's on the list though. :-)

    www.displacingspace.com

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  12. You had me at peach! I will definitely have to try this!! Thanks for the suggestion!

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  13. I order a shot called a Twanger that I think is kind of like this! I'll have to try it as a drink! =]

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  14. Sweet! I am not very versed in the world of liquor so whenever I go to a bar I just ask for a margarita (my go-to fave) or something "girly" haha. It'd be nice to at least sound like I know what I'm doing, so thanks and I can't wait to see what else you have to share!

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  15. LOVE this feature - such a good idea! I always want to try new drinks but I'm never sure what to ask a bartender for. I often will say, "give me something sweet and fruity," just because I like giving the bartender options. But my good ol' basic drink is cherry vodka and Sprite...yum!

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  16. Have you tried St. Germain? It's this really nice floral liqueur that my sister just introduced me to. I'll bet you could make all kinds of delightful cocktails with it.

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  17. I'm not much of a drinker (maybe 1 or 2 a YEAR!) but I will definitely give this a try on my honeymoon in March. Anything peach is good in my book! I think the only whiskey drink I've had is Jack & Coke,that seems to be my 'go-to' drink.
    :)

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  18. I don't think this drink has a name, but it's what my firends and I drink on summer vacation. It's lihgt and fruity, but no too sweet! White Martini + Peach Vodka + lemon soda = YUMMY!

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  19. Haha this is great! The drink sounds tasty. My boyfriend and I usually go for a gin and tonic or a good craft beer when we have drinks out.

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  20. Just out of curiosity...aren't you pretty young? How did you start bartending 5 1/2 years ago? I might be wrong, forgive me if I am...Btw I read your response to my beef over a totally different post (the Frocktober post) and I have a lot of respect for your response. Just putting that out there.

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  21. Mmmmm! that sounds absolutely wonderfully delicious! Next time I am at the store I am going to have to get all the ingredients and give it a try!

    Please keep the drink suggestions coming, I always love new drink ideas!

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  22. @ -- rock over london: i'm 23 and started bartending a month after i turned 18. :) age of handling alcohol varies by state but in tennessee you only need to be 18 to acquire your ABC license and handle/serve alcohol. i landed a job at my current bar but it was only meant to be a 2 week training job. i picked it up really easily and the bar was slammed at the time so i was kept on and here i am 5+ years later :) not necessarily the most sought after job for a freshly graduated high school student but it paid my way through college so it was an immense help to my bils and workload since art school leaves you with little time to balance a full time job.

    and i'm glad you were able to see my response and understand where i was coming from! i appreciate you acknowledging my response. <3

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  23. Oh I love this feature! My first drink is more than likely a jager&coke. I know most people are opposed to jager and everyone usually tells me jager&coke is a man's drink but whatevs. I like it! stoked to learn more.

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  24. GREAT idea for a feature!! although I'm not much of a drinker, a cocktail every now and then is appreciated :)

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  25. Sweet and sour. This is something I've got to try!

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  26. Looveee this feature! Can't wait to try this one out!

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  27. can i say im pretty pumped you posted this? youve tweeted abt it before ive never been able to figure out what it is. it sounds completely delicious!

    anastasia

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  28. I'm normally not a big mix drink drinker, but I'm going to have to try this. When I go out I either get a long island tea with out tequila or Jack and Coke.

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  29. Oh wow, the New Old Lady sounds amazing!! Whiskey is my favorite and I'm so on a peach kick right now so this sounds perfect for me! xD Thanks for sharing this recipe!

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  30. Awesome feature, keep it up!
    Awesome drink too, it has become a favorite of mine based upon your recommendation :)

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  31. DAMN! I gotta try this. Thank you for posting! I adore Peach Schnapps, haha.

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  32. Love love love this new feature! I'm totally all about finding new drinks to try...

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  33. My favorite drink is Bloody Mary. I drink them everywhere I go, and people think I'm disgusting, but whatever. They rule.

    Lauren @ Sea Parrot

    ps: This might be a dumb question, but do you intentionally use this comment page so that people can't comment from places like bloglovin? I always go to comment on your posts but then I have to come through your page. There are a few bloggers who do that, so I was wondering why people do that.

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  34. My fave mixed drink is Purple Haze. Blue Curcao (sp?), vodka, sprite and a splash of grenadine with a cherry garnish! MMmmmm, tastes amazing. I really want to get UV's cake flavored vodka. I could see so many amazing drink recipes for that!

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  35. Oooh I love NOL's! So yummy and classier than the usual "sex on the beach" and "screaming orgasms" I used to have to make when I was a bar tender (though that was at TGIs). My favourite cocktails are gin based - singapore slings and brambles!
    x

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  36. Mmm.... This sounds delish!!

    My favorite drink is a bomb pop that a friend of my husbands made up a few years ago at Oshkosh (flight festival)

    I don't know much about measurements of the alcohol BUT I do know the ingredients are:

    Vodka
    Squirt (soda pop)
    Blue Rose mix
    Grenadine

    I forget the order, but there is an order you can mix it so it ends up being red, white, blue. It's patriotic AND it tastes like a bomb pop popsicle you used to be able to buy from the ice cream man :D

    Good stuff!

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  37. Aww wow! I've been thinking of putting my bar knowledge on le blog for a while now and you've executed it better than I'd ever imagined! Such a fantastic recipe! I'm definitely going to try it tonight. Peach Schnapps is seriously great. We should share recipes... because without a doubt drinks round your parts would be so different to drinking here in Sydney Aus! Thank you kindly for sharing this!

    Kaisha xo

    http://farfromthemockingworld.blogspot.com

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  38. This sounds delicious, and strong! I'd probably choose Maker's Mark, though.

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  39. Ooh, Maker's would be a good choice too (regards to the comment above me!)

    I just made one and it is fabulous! Just what I needed to get this end-of-semester paper finished. The Hemingway method. =)

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  40. Can't wait to try this for New Year's Eve tonight!

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  42. I realize this is a very old post. But I just had to tell you how much I am in love with this drink. I've made it with Crown, Heaven Hill, and Buffalo Trace Bourbon (and I'm not shy with any of them). It's fantastic regardless. It even makes cheap whiskey taste fancy! Thanks so much for the recipe.

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HEY! Thanks for dropping by. xo KB