Categories
Alcohol Animals Celebrity Grub Drinks Food Fashion News

Lobos 1707 Tequila Gives Back To Protect Wolves

In honor of International Wolf Day on (August 13),  Lobos 1707 Tequila & Mezcal recently partnered with both New York’s Wolf Conservation Center in New York and Los Angeles’ Wolf Connection to help raise donations to protection of wolves.

In addition, the LeBron James-backed spirits brand launched its first-ever line of merchandise including t-shirts, sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts and hats designed by Lobos 1707 founder/Chief Creative Officer, Diego Osorio.

Through the partnership with Wolf Conservation Center, Lobos 1707 created a signature package for new members who adopted a wolf as a Steward with a $500 donation on International Wolf Day.  

Named after the Spanish word for “wolves,” Lobos 1707 is dedicated to celebrating the strength of the pack. As part of the brand’s commitment, it is also making donations to wolf sanctuaries in Mexico and the United States. 

Partners include the Wolf Conservation Center, a not-for-profit environmental education organization working to protect and preserve wolves in North America through science-based education, advocacy, and participation in the federal recovery and release programs for two critically endangered wolf species – the Mexican gray wolf and red wolf, and the Wolf Connection, a youth empowerment program and wolfdog rescue center and sanctuary that improves the quality of life of large canines by providing rescue, sanctuary, and behavioral enrichment in order to strengthen the bond and collaboration between humans and animals.

Categories
Alcohol Drinks Fast Food Recipes Toasty

KFC Serves Up Gravy-Based Cocktails To Hop On ‘Stocktails’ Trend of Stock-Based Mixed Drinks

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

Ingredients:

100ml KFC Gravy

400ml Mezcal

15ml Cherry liqueur

25ml Fresh lemon juice

10ml Orange marmalade

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

One egg white

To garnish: thyme sprig

Method:

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 

Ingredients:

50ml Vodka

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

Method:

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 

Ingredients:

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

Method:

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.

Categories
Nightlife

Popcorn Butter-Washed Cocktails, Pizza-Puffed Pasta and More Arousing Snacks at PLAY

To be honest, I was a little skeptical when I heard that PLAY,  a bar and lounge, opened as an extension of the Museum of Sex. Maybe it had something to do with the fact that it markets itself as a “transformative experience that arouses the senses.”  I envisioned dark corners and multicolored, er, paraphernalia.

Oh, how wrong I was, and how happy I was to be wrong.  The space is dark but inviting, leather couches and 70’s era chairs line the walls. This is a place to relax and let the music slide over you.  Jim Kearns, of Balthazar, Dumont, Pegu club and Death & Co., have created what can only be described as a mindf$%@ of flavors in various fancy glasses.

________

The Bearing Straight

DSC08106

Walking straight might be a bit difficult after this one.  Mezcal, nigori sake, kiuchi no shizuku (an oak-aged wine), ginger, yuzu, and a salted umeboshi plum is one of the strangest combinations you will find here.  It’s smoky and spicy, with a smoothness that lingers and, quite frankly, makes you want to make out with anyone in sight — it’s that good.  So, way to go on that one, PLAY.

________

The Rosebud

DSC08115

With gin, St. Germain, rose-infused vermouth, ginger, and lemon, this drink was subtle, the rose coming in through the nose at the end.

________

Drive-In Saturday

DSC08103

This conjures up the taste and experience of being at the movies. Popcorn butter-washed White Dog mixed with pharmacy cola and salt tastes like throwing back a handful of kernels and washing it down with a Coke.

________

A Clear Day In Normandy

DSC08105

This is the total opposite of the Drive-In, with a mix of apple eau de vie, grapefruit bitters, and Lairds applejack. It tastes like biting into a crisp, alcoholic apple and I wish this grew on trees.

________

70% Cacao

DSC08102

This one’s a doozy made with rum, bourbon, strawberry liqueur, crème de cacao, Campari, Tri-Star, and mole bitters for an intensely sweet, somewhat smoky and spicy drink.  At first it tasted a bit like Robitussin, but it quickly grew on me after sipping the others. This is definitely a second drink drink.

______

A bar wouldn’t be worth going to if there wasn’t any good food. Chef Ben Roche informed us that after debating on whether to make everything on the menu look like genitals or not, he decided to play with all the senses — mixing textures and tastes into delectable morsels.

DSC08086________

Concentrated Popcorn

DSC08082

Popcorn coated with brown butter and cheddar cheese topped with a dash of hops powder is funky, salty, and highly addictive.

________

Szechuan Peanuts

DSC08083

These are my new favorite snack, covered in Szechuan pepper, chili, and served with cilantro and micro greens. Each bite is different, and by the end of the bowl (because you’ll end up eating the entire bowl) your tongue is numb.

________

Yuba Chips

DSC08085

These crisp chips are made from the skin that rises to the top of the pot when tofu is made.  They’re spicy and insanely crunchy — hands down the best chips you’ve ever had thanks to a sprinkling of nori and togarashi.

________

Pizza-Puffed Pasta

DSC08080

This, of all the bar snacks, is a killer, genius idea.  Overcooked pasta is fried so it puffs up crisp, then tossed in a spice mix that tastes like tomato, garlic, oregano, burnt crust, and mozzarella cheese. Perfection.

________

Beef Tongue

DSC08109

If you need more than bar snacks, get some tongue. Crisp chunks of beef tongue, tasting like the beefiest beef you ever had,  are plated with fried cauliflower, cauliflower puree, and chimichurri.

________

Rabbit Focaccia 

DSC08110

This focaccia was brought out last minute by Roche, who told us we couldn’t leave without trying it. Oh my God, was he right. The bread is studded with pieces of homemade comfit rabbit leg, topped with a white gazpacho made from almonds, and served with split grapes.  It’s unassuming, but it whacks you right over the head with fatty rabbit flavor, cut through by the richness of the almonds, which in turn is cut through by the grapes. It’s a perfect trio, and everything’s in-sync.

After ending on that phenomenal note, I’m definitely heading back soon to see what else PLAY has up its stocking.

_____

PLAY

1 East 27th Street

New York, NY 10016