The Friday Cocktail: Knock Your SOX Off

There are plenty of festive beverages in RoseRyan’s 20th Anniversary Cocktail Collection, but with Thanksgiving less than a week away, Knock Your SOX Off is a top choice. It’s a creamy, nog-like drink that actually could knock your socks off, but only if you have more than one—and one is perfection. It’s light and refreshing, yet warms you to your toes. Don’t like rye whiskey? Bourbon will do. The nonalcoholic version, which gets its heat from ginger, will also stave off the pain of compliance chores.

Cocktail recipe:

  • 1½ oz rye whiskey
  • ¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz grade B maple syrup
  • ¾ oz egg white (1 or 2 eggs)
  • dash of Angostura bitters

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker without ice for about 10 seconds. Add 3-4 ice cubes and shake for another 10 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass. 

Nonalcoholic version:

  • ½ oz apple juice
  • 1 whole egg
  • ½ oz whole milk
  • 1 scant teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 scant teaspoon ginger syrup
  • 2 pinches each of nutmeg and cinnamon

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake for 10 seconds without ice. Add 1 ice cube and shake for 10 seconds. Strain over fresh ice and top with soda water.

Check out the rest of our recipes in the RoseRyan 20th Anniversary Cocktail Collection cocktail book. Every one of these drinks has its charms, thanks to the fine mixologists at the Bull Valley Roadhouse in Port Costa, California, who invented them.

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