WTF: KFC Is Introducing… Gravy Cocktails!?
We’ve heard of some pretty wacky drink combos in our time: There’s coffee lemonade, for instance, or olive oil cocktails (which, we can say from experience, are surprisingly delicious). KFC UK and Ireland’s latest beverage concoctions, however, have us seriously scratching our heads.
Jumping on the growing “stocktail” bandwagon, a beverage trend which sees bartenders adding chicken, beef, pork, and turkey stocks to their drinks, the fast food chain decided to put its own spin on the craze by subbing in its famous gravy (yes, gravy!) goodness for stock with three new original beverage recipes.
“Our fans repeatedly express their love of gravy, which always sparks ideas within the team,” Marion Racine, the marketing manager at KFC UK & Ireland, told The Independent. “We know our gravy is good enough to drink, so with stocktails being a real hit at the moment, what better ingredient to take them to the next level?” she asked.
With a slogan of “So good you can drink it,” the eatery is sharing the recipes with fans in a series of YouTube videos that will leave you intrigued, if nothing else.
First up, the Gravy Mary, which calls for paprika, celery salt, a teaspoon of horseradish cream, hot sauce, and 20ml of Worcester sauce in a cocktail mixer before adding 50ml vodka of your choice, 15ml lemon juice, 90ml tomato juice, and 20ml KFC gravy shaken between two mixers.
Then, the Southern Twist, which sees parsley and brown sugar mixed together and coated with lemon to make a sugar rim. The drink itself is then made with a simple combination of 50ml bourbon combined with 60ml hot gravy.
As a mixologist named Patrick explained to the outlet, “The Kentucky bourbon in the Southern Twist brings mellow, sweet spice notes to stand up to the savory gravy.”
As for the parsley, Patrick said it “brightens the sip with the brown sugar softening the kick of bourbon and uniting the flavors.” Interesting!
Last but not least is The Fingerlickin’ Sour, a blend of 60ml gravy, 240ml Mezcal, which is frozen for three hours, then strained. From there, 50ml of the mixture is added to an egg white, 15ml of cherry liqueur, 25ml of lemon juice, a tablespoon of orange marmalade, and salt and pepper, all shaken in a mixer. The drink is garnished with lemon thyme.
If you’re still skeptical, we can’t say we blame you — the drinks aren’t exactly what one might call traditional. Then again, there’s only one way to find out… *Gulp*
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