The Gold Rush cocktail is as simple as it gets. It just needs three ingredients: bourbon, honey simple syrup, and lemon. This cocktail resembles a whiskey sour, except it takes honey simple instead of regular. There’s also no egg white in a Gold Rush, meaning it’s smoother and less fizzy. Don’t be mistaken, using bourbon instead of whiskey along with the addition of honey truly transforms this cocktail, giving it a taste different from a sour.
With a name like The Gold Rush, you would think this cocktail was created in California in the 1800s. The name actually comes from the color of the cocktail. It has a yellow to light orange hue. In reality, this cocktail originated from none other than New York City’s now-closed, famous cocktail bar, Milk & Honey, which opened in 1999. This cocktail became a classic at the notably menu-less bar by 2002 and within a of a decade after its creation, became a classic world-wide.
If you don’t have honey simple syrup, don’t worry. It’s easy and quick to make. All you need is water, honey, and 10 minutes of free-time. Read our article on How to Make Honey Simple Syrup for full instructions. You can purchase our natural, flavorful Great Lakes Bee Company honey for this recipe here.
2 oz Bourbon
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
1 Large Ice Cube
- Pour bourbon, lemon, honey simple syrup, and ice into shaker
- Shake until chilled
- Strain over large ice cube in rocks glass
- Garnish with lemon twist
If you don’t have any large ice cubes you can drink this with regular ice cubes or invest in some large square ice cube molds- they’re worth the investment. Enjoy!