KFC has had some pretty impressive marketing stunts over the years, from a bath bomb that smells just like fried chicken, to a £14,000 sandwich made from a meteorite, and even a chicken corsage.
But, the American restaurant chain has really pulled out all the stops with its latest wacky, yet completely genius, launch.
Famous in its own right, fast food fans consider the brand’s gravy to be so good that you could almost drink it.
So much so, that the masterminds at KFC are making dreams come true by creating three new cocktail recipes made using the Finger Lickin’ Good gravy.
That’s right, you can now enjoy the thick, meaty goodness of KFC’s iconic side with your favourite boozy tipple.
Inspired by the growing trend for ‘stocktails’ - meaty craft cocktails made with broth and booze – that can be found in some of the best bars across the globe, KFC has brought them to masses with its own take on three classic cocktails; The Gravy Mary, The Finger Lickin’ Sour, and The Southern Twist.
“Our fans repeatedly express their love for our gravy, which always sparks ideas within the team. 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?” said Marion Racine, marketing manager at KFC UK & Ireland.
When it came realising the idea of creating genuine gravy cocktails, Patrick, an expert mixologist, said the key was finding flavours and ingredients that perfectly complimented the distinctive taste of KFC Gravy.
“For example, the Kentucky bourbon in The Southern Twist brings mellow, sweet spice notes to stand up against the savoury gravy,” he explained.
“The herbal note of parsley on the rim brightens the sip with the brown sugar softening the kick of bourbon and uniting the flavours.”
So, if you fancy chugging on one of KFC’s gravy-infused drinks then simply grab a pot of the good stuff from your local branch and follow one of the recipes below.
The Gravy Mary
• 50ml Vodka
• 20ml KFC Gravy
• Spice mix: 20ml Worcester sauce, 3 drops Tabasco, 3 grinds white pepper, pinch of
celery salt, pinch of paprika, half teaspoon horseradish cream
• 15ml Fresh lemon juice
• 90ml Tomato juice
• To garnish: Celery, Popcorn Chicken
• Without Vodka (same quantities as above but with 140ml Tomato Juice)
1 To create the spice mix, grab a tall glass and pour Tabasco sauce, Worcester sauce, white pepper, celery salt, paprika, and horseradish cream into it. Cover firmly and shake.
2 Next, add your vodka and the spice mix and pour in the lemon juice, tomato juice and mix again
3 Add in your KFC Gravy into the mix, stir all of the ingredients together and pour into a fresh highball glass.
4 Finish with celery and a small skewer of popcorn chicken.
The Finger Lickin’ Sour
• 100ml KFC Gravy
• 400ml Mezcal
• 15ml Cherry liqueur
• 25ml Fresh lemon juice
• 10ml Orange marmalade
• Pinch of salt
• Pinch of pepper
• X1 Egg white
• To garnish: Thyme Sprig
1 Pour the mezcal and the KFC Gravy into a tall glass. Cover firmly and shake.
2 Place the glass into the freezer and freeze for three hours
3 Once frozen, pour the gravy infused mescal through a strainer and clean cloth into a fresh glass
4 Squeeze the lemon into the glass, add the marmalade, salt & pepper and egg white then shake again
5 Pour the cocktail mixture into a martini glass and sprinkle with thyme to finish
The Southern Twist
• 50ml Kentucky Bourbon
• 60ml Fresh hot KFC Gravy
• x2 Grinds black pepper
• x2 teaspoons granulated brown sugar
• x4 teaspoons dried parsley
• To garnish: Parsley and brown sugar rim
To create your parsley & brown sugar rim:
1 Chop the parsley and mix with the brown sugar in a bowl
2 Cut the lemon and coat the rim of the glass with it
3 Dip the rim of the glass into the chopped parsley and brown sugar mixture
To create your cocktail:
1 Add ice cubes and your Kentucky Bourbon to your rocks glass
Finally pour your KFC Gravy into the glass, give it a mix and enjoy
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