The Fried Chicken and Watermelon Cocktail

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The Fried Chicken and Watermelon Cocktail
Courtesy of Josh Goldman

The Fried Chicken and Watermelon cocktail.

Two things that seemingly don't go together — in your drinks, no less — end up being pretty delicious in this cocktail. Made by Josh Goldman from Los Angeles' anticipated new restaurant, Mess Hall, this drink was perfect for the Finger Lickin’ Good Fried Chicken Fest. After all, who doesn't want a piece of fried chicken after a sweet cocktail? 

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Servings
11747
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients
Makes
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Ingredients

Bourbon Watermelon Sour

  • 2 Ounces bourbon
  • 2 chunks (1 inch-by-1 inch) watermelon
  • 3/4 Ounces lemon juice
  • 3/4 Ounces simple syrup

Chicken Garnish

  • 5 Pounds chicken skin
  • 1/2 quart buttermilk
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 Teaspoon cayenne

Directions

Bourbon Watermelon Sour

Lightly muddle all ingredients in a tin. Long hard shake, and double strain into a coup. Place chicken skin garnish (recipe below) on the side of the coup.

Chicken Garnish

Trim the fat off of the chicken skin. Only use pieces larger than 1-inch-by-1-inch. Place chicken pieces into a plastic container and cover with buttermilk. Cover and refrigerate for 12 to 24 hours.

Melt enough shortening (over low heat) to come just 1/3-inch up the side of a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or heavy fry pan. Once shortening liquefies, raise heat to 325 degrees F. Do not allow oil to go over 325 degrees F.

Drain chicken in a colander. Combine salt, pepper, and cayenne. Liberally season chicken with this mixture. Dredge chicken in flour and shake off excess.

Fry in oil until golden brown. Chicken skins will curl when fried. Drain chicken on a rack over a sheet pan. Do not set chicken directly on paper towels or brown paper bags.
 

Fried Chicken Shopping Tip

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Fried Chicken Cooking Tip

Wash everything that chicken touches with soap and hot water.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
1015g
100%
Sugar
321g
N/A
Saturated Fat
278g
100%
Cholesterol
2401mg
100%
Protein
262g
100%
Carbs
403g
100%
Vitamin A
2695µg
100%
Vitamin B12
16µg
100%
Vitamin B6
5mg
100%
Vitamin C
381mg
100%
Vitamin D
5µg
1%
Vitamin E
9mg
45%
Vitamin K
20µg
24%
Calcium
1041mg
100%
Fiber
19g
77%
Folate (food)
211µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
211µg
53%
Iron
21mg
100%
Magnesium
698mg
100%
Monounsaturated
433g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
67mg
100%
Phosphorus
3101mg
100%
Polyunsaturated
208g
N/A
Potassium
8605mg
100%
Riboflavin (B2)
2mg
100%
Sodium
4472mg
100%
Sugars, added
16g
N/A
Thiamin (B1)
3mg
100%
Trans
5g
N/A
Zinc
21mg
100%

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