Elk's Own Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 16, 2024


The Elk's Own cocktail is a classic that dates back to the early 20th century, often associated with the fraternal order of Elks. It's a drink that has stood the test of time and is favored by those who appreciate a balance between the robust flavor of rye whiskey and the fruity sweetness of port.

  • Origins: Believed to have been created in the early 1900s.
  • Popularity: Enjoyed by cocktail enthusiasts who love historical recipes.
  • Occasions: Perfect for a cozy evening or a sophisticated gathering.

How Elk's Own Tastes?

The Elk's Own cocktail offers a harmonious blend of flavors. The rye whiskey provides a spicy and strong base, while the port adds a rich, fruity sweetness. The lemon juice brings a refreshing acidity, and the egg white creates a smooth, frothy texture. It's a complex, yet balanced drink with a hint of sweetness and a velvety finish.

Interesting facts about Elk's Own

  • The Elk's Own cocktail is sometimes confused with the Elk's Fizz, which is a similar drink but with soda water added.
  • The inclusion of egg white is typical of many classic cocktails and is used to add a silky texture and a frothy top.
  • Port wine used in this cocktail is typically a red fortified wine from Portugal, known for its sweet and rich flavors.


  • Ice cubes: As needed
  • Egg white: 1 whole
  • Lemon juice: 0.75 oz(23ml)
  • Port:
  • Red: 0.75 oz(23ml)
  • Rye whiskey: 0.75 oz(23ml)
  • Simple syrup: 0.33 oz(10ml)
  • Pineapple: For garnish

Ice Cubes

The chilly players in our mixing game. They chill the drink and make the shaking process give the cocktail that silky smooth froth from the egg white. No ice? Expect a room-temp disappointment. Swap 'em for frozen grapes if you must, for a quirky, less diluting chill.

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Egg White

The frothy topper that gives our cocktail that smooth, rich texture. Skip it, and you lose the cocktail's velvety charm; it's like a pie without the topping, still good but not as fancy. Vegan? Try aquafaba, though the result might be a tad less Marilyn Monroe.

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Lemon Juice

This zesty buddy cuts through the sweetness and balances the act. Too little, and the cocktail's a sugar rush; too much, and you're puckering more than a fish. Fresh is best; the bottled stuff is the understudy — it'll do, but it's not star material.

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Red Port

The sweet and deep maestro, adding rich fruit notes and depth. Remove it, and it's like a painting missing reds; still a picture, but not as captivating. No port? A dash of berry liqueur could pinch hit, just keep an eye on sweetness.

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Rye Whiskey

The spicy kick that gives this drink its backbone. Without it, the cocktail is a ballroom without dancers. If rye is not your style, try bourbon for a sweeter, smoother twist, though you may miss the rye's peppery zing.

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Simple Syrup

The sweet whisperer that blends discretely. Too much, you're in candied chaos; too little, the potion's pout isn't as sweet. Mesmerizing simplicity is key. Honey syrup can offer a more complex sweetness if you're feeling adventurous.

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A slice of tropical garnish, adding aroma and an edge of sweet acidity. Forget it, and you strip a layer of wow. If you can't get Pineapple, try an apple slice — it's like swapping jazz for blues, different, but still groovy.

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Recipe. How to make Elk's Own Drink

  1. Fill a shaker with ice cubes.
  2. Add 1 whole egg white, 0.75 oz of lemon juice, 0.75 oz of red port, 0.75 oz of rye whiskey, and 0.33 oz of simple syrup to the shaker.
  3. Shake vigorously until well chilled.
  4. Strain into a wine glass filled with ice cubes.
  5. Garnish with a slice of pineapple.

Pro Tips

  • Ensure the egg white is fresh for the best froth.
  • Dry shake (shake without ice) the ingredients first to emulsify the egg white, then add ice and shake again for the chill.
  • Use a fine mesh strainer when pouring to ensure a smooth texture without any ice chips.

Perfect Pairings

Food Pairings

  • Cheese and Charcuterie: With its creamy and slightly fruity notes, Elk's Own pairs beautifully with a robust cheese board.
  • Dark Chocolate Desserts: The rich flavor of the port and rye whiskey complements dark chocolate.
  • Spiced Nuts: Enjoy this cocktail alongside spiced nuts for an explosion of complementary flavors.

Drink Pairings

  • Coffee: Post-dinner coffee can cleanse the palate after the sweet, robust flavors of the Elk's Own.
  • Water: Always include a side of still or sparkling water to stay hydrated while enjoying cocktails.

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What you could change in Elk's Own

  • Rye Whiskey: Can be substituted with bourbon for a sweeter taste.
  • Port, Red: A tawny port can be used for a nuttier flavor.
  • Simple Syrup: Maple syrup can be a good alternative for a more autumnal profile.

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And of course - twists🍹

Cherry Elk's Own

Add a splash of cherry liqueur and a cherry garnish to give it a flavorful, stone fruit twist that'll have your taste buds dancing the Charleston.

Ingredients: Follow the original recipe, but add 0.25 oz of cherry liqueur. Recipe: Shake all the ingredients together, strain into a wine glass, and garnish with a plump cherry. How it differs: The cherry liqueur brings a rich, fruity sweetness that complements the port beautifully, adding a new dimension of flavor.

Autumn Elk

Introduce a dash of cinnamon syrup and a cinnamon stick garnish for a cozy, fireside vibe perfect for sweater weather.

Ingredients: Follow the original recipe with an additional 0.25 oz of cinnamon syrup. Recipe: Add all ingredients, including the cinnamon syrup, and shake vigorously. Strain and garnish with a cinnamon stick. How it differs: You'll get a spicy warmth from the cinnamon, turning the Elk's Own into the ultimate fall cocktail.

The Citrus Grove

Switch out the simple syrup for honey syrup and add a grapefruit twist – it's like summer in a glass, bright and buzzing with life.

Ingredients: 0.75 oz honey syrup instead of simple syrup, and a grapefruit twist for garnish. Recipe: Combine all ingredients with the honey syrup, shake well, and strain into the glass, finishing with a grapefruit twist. How it differs: The honey and grapefruit garnish brings a sunny, floral note, making it a fresher, more vibrant take on the classic.

In case you forgot basics how to make Elk's Own

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Elk's Own

How should I store vermouth if I substitute it for the port?

Vermouth should be stored in the refrigerator after opening to maintain its flavor. Consume it within a month for the best taste.

What type of glass is best for serving the Elk's Own cocktail?

A chilled coupe or a wine glass is ideal for serving the Elk's Own to showcase its appearance and frothy texture.

Can I make the Elk's Own in advance for a party?

It's best to make the Elk's Own fresh due to the egg white, but you can premix the other ingredients and add the egg white when shaking per serving.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of this cocktail?

For a non-alcoholic variant, use a non-alcoholic whiskey alternative or a tea-based concoction for the base, and a non-alcoholic red grape juice instead of port.

What is the significance of shaking the cocktail with ice?

Shaking with ice chills the cocktail, dilutes it slightly for balance, and contributes to the frothy texture from the egg white.

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