Review: 7-Up Mojito from KFC Canada
Up until now, other than those lemony scented wet naps they hand out to do battle with finger lickin’ good remnants, not too many KFC menu items could ever be considered “refreshing”. So when news came of a KFC 7-UP Mojito (Released July 7th) I was excited, wary and confused.
Being wary and confused is a trend now lending itself more and more to any new menu item the Colonel debuts in Canada of late (I’m looking at you Pulled Pork). You know, I would’ve taken the Colonel for more of a Mint Julep type of guy but here we are.
Now the preparation of a KFC 7-UP Mojito is no fast food slouch. The KFC worker was beaming with glee as she informed me 3 fresh mint leaves and one slice of lime go into each glass. Color me impressed, as I was expecting a fountain based pop infused with simulated flavors. My jolly mojito pusher also boasted that a specific version of 7-UP has been created solely for “infusing” this drink. (There’s also a strawberry version in which they add a concentrated syrup). So the soda, mint, lime and ice were added to a fancy, domed mojito cup and I was on my way, to disappointment.
There had to be someone in research and development, who at some point in their life witnessed a mojito being mixed at a night club or bar. These fresh ingredients, which KFC looks to have taken an extra concerted effort to include, added nothing to the drink other than being floating eye candy. Why could the staff not have added the mint and lime first and muddled it on the bottom of the glass for five seconds? Without doing so, there’s no hope for the leaves and citrus oils to be released into the beverage. And that’s a damn shame. I asked the staff if they knew or has been shown in directions from corporate on how to muddle the key ingredients and was met with a deer in headlights look, so I had to self muddle by hand. Which, while sitting in a KFC, isn’t as sexy as it sounds. Once this was done, the results were night and day. A cool, refreshing virgin mojito made from 7-UP. It can be done. We Canadian’s know what a real mojito tastes like, KFC.
Get a memo circulating out to stores and fix the key problem in a drink that may possibly lure many non-KFC folks into stores, on good word of mouth that is. As it stands, the KFC 7-UP Mojito is a glass filled with promise, but ends up tasting like squandered opportunity.
Pros: Fresh mint, lime provided. Variety in the fountain pop category at KFC.
Cons: KFC staff not knowing what "muddle" means.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10