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Gold Rush Cocktail

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

1oz Honey Simple Syrup

1 Large Ice Cube


  1. Pour bourbon, lemon, honey simple syrup, and ice into shaker
  2. Shake until chilled
  3. Strain over large ice cube in rocks glass
  4. 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!