The Fried Chicken and Watermelon Cocktail

The Fried Chicken and Watermelon Cocktail
Staff Writer
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
5444
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

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.
 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
277g
100%
Sugar
1g
1%
Saturated Fat
59g
100%
Cholesterol
3307mg
100%
Carbohydrate, by difference
88g
68%
Protein
651g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
59µg
8%
Vitamin B-12
9µg
100%
Vitamin B-6
9mg
100%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
7mg
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
2µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
703mg
70%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Copper, Cu
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
2g
8%
Folate, total
8µg
2%
Iron, Fe
21mg
100%
Magnesium, Mg
589mg
100%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
163mg
100%
Pantothenic acid
27mg
100%
Phosphorus, P
5169mg
100%
Riboflavin
4mg
100%
Selenium, Se
725µg
100%
Sodium, Na
16195mg
100%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
1249g
46%
Zinc, Zn
40mg
100%

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.