Every now and again, a major corporation that has little to nothing to do with alcohol tries to capitalize on cocktail culture, with Piña Colada Oreos, for example, or Taco Bell’s alcohol-serving Cantinas. On Jan. 14, Kentucky Fried Chicken joined that group when the U.K. and Ireland KFC marketing team debuted three KFC gravy based cocktails.
The cocktails joined The Colonel’s incredible run of stunts like Extra Crispy Sunscreen and KFC scented candles. This one hit close to home, though. There’s the Finger Lickin’ Sour made with gravy and mezcal, the Southern Twist made with gravy and bourbon, and the Gravy Mary, a Bloody Mary twist with, you guessed it, gravy.
Lots of hate gets thrown out about explicit attempts at garnering headlines like this. The automatic response to mixing fast food into drinks is “ew.” But someone (probably) put a lot of time into developing these recipes and creating videos for them. Also, things shouldn’t be written off before a taste test. So we gave KFC gravy cocktails the consideration the brand asked for and made them ourselves.
Before I traveled a mile to the KFC closest to Supercall’s downtown Manhattan office, my first impression was that the Southern Twist and Gravy Mary sounded like they had promise. The Finger Lickin’ Sour sounded, well, awful. Sweetening cherry liqueur and orange marmalade could maybe give it some Thanksgiving dinner vibes, but the heavy hand of four parts mezcal to one part gravy seemed face-numbing at best.
Disgust, however, often comes from a place of misunderstanding. So, without further ado, here are the tried and tested KFC gravy cocktails, from least to most drinkable.