Our friends overseas are just ahead of the culinary curve — like it or not. For example, KFC in Europe is encouraging customers to use its gravy in cocktails.
Building off of the so-called "stocktails" trend of stock-based cocktails, The Colonel and Co. have concocted three cocktail recipes with KFC’s signature gravy: Finger Lickin’ Sour, Gravy Mary, and Southern Twist (recipes below).
This isn't the first time that gravy and booze have come together willfully. Last holiday season, Wild Turkey promoted their signature "gravyback," which was their unique take on a pickleback. In their version, you take a shot of their bourbon followed by a shot of turkey gravy straight from a gravy boat.
So, if that sounds appealing to you and if you're ready to make your own stocktail, go get some KFC gravy and have at it.
The Finger Lickin’ Sour
100ml KFC Gravy
15ml Cherry liqueur
25ml Fresh lemon juice
10ml Orange marmalade
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper
One egg white
To garnish: thyme sprig
Pour the mezcal and the KFC gravy into a tall glass. Cover firmly and shake.
Place the glass into the freezer and freeze for three hours.
Once frozen, pour the gravy-infused mezcal through a strainer and clean cloth into a fresh glass.
Squeeze the lemon into the glass, add the marmalade, salt, pepper and egg white then shake again.
Pour the cocktail mixture into a Martini glass and sprinkle with thyme to finish
The Gravy Mary
20ml KFC gravy
Spice mix: 20ml Worcester sauce, three drops Tabasco, three 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
To create the spice mix pour Tabasco sauce, Worcester sauce, white pepper, celery salt, paprika and horseradish cream into a tall glass. Cover firmly and shake.
Add vodka to the spice mix and pour in the lemon juice, tomato juice and mix again.
Add in KFC gravy into the mix, stir all of the ingredients together and pour into a fresh highball glass.
Finish with celery and a small skewer of popcorn chicken.
The Southern Twist
50ml Kentucky Bourbon
60ml Fresh hot KFC gravy
Two grinds black pepper
Two teaspoons granulated brown sugar
Four teaspoons dried parsley
To garnish: parsley and brown sugar rim
Chop the parsley and mix with the brown sugar in a bowl.
Cut the lemon and coat the rim of the glass with it.
Dip the rim of the glass into the chopped parsley and brown sugar mixture
Add ice cubes and Kentucky Bourbon to your rocks glass.
Finally pour KFC gravy into the glass then give it a mix.