Gold Rush Cocktail

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Cocktail Type


Great for

Dinner Party



Gold Rush cocktail

While the Gold Rush cocktail is incredibly simple, it just works. You’re basically making a Whiskey Sour but using honey instead of simple syrup. Straightforward, sophisticated and refreshing, serve these before dinner at your next summer party. 

Recipe for the Gold Rush cocktail 

You can shake up a Gold Rush cocktail in a matter of seconds, leaving you with more time to mingle.  




The honey in the Gold Rush cocktail adds lovely sweet floral notes to the drink.


Peel the lemon over the glass so that all those lovely citrus oils will drop straight into the drink. Yum!


Make sure your lemons are at room temp for best juicing results.



1 Person

60 Ml

2 Oz

2 Parts

22 Ml

0.73 Oz

0.73 Parts

Freshly squeezed lemon juice
22 Ml

0.73 Oz

0.73 Parts

Honey syrup
Lemon twist for garnish



Add the bourbon, honey syrup and lemon juice to an ice-filled cocktail shaker


Shake for 30 seconds, or until icy cold


Strain into a rocks glass over one large ice cube


Garnish with a lemon peel twist

What is Gold Rush cocktail and what’s in It?

A Gold Rush cocktail recipe uses three simple ingredients that you’ll probably have at home already: bourbon, lemon and honey.

First invented in New York Bar, Milk and Honey before prohibition, this classic drink is similar to a Bees Knees cocktail but replaces gin with bourbon.

While many Whiskey Sour cocktails call for egg white to be added, this bourbon and honey cocktail is just fine without it. In fact, adding honey to the Gold Rush cocktail recipe gives it a rich floral taste, so there’s no need for the egg. 

Honey Syrup recipe 

Honey syrup is the same thing as simple syrup, but instead of sugar you’re going to be using honey. You’ll only need 22ml of honey syrup for one Gold Rush cocktail, but we suggest you make a batch, bottle it and store it in the fridge for up to a month.  

To make your own honey syrup, add 120ml honey and 120ml water to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir until the honey has dissolved. Remove from the heat, cool and decant.   

For a richer honey syrup, adjust the ratio to a 2-to-1 honey to water ratio. 

Bourbon recommendations

When choosing the bourbon for your Gold Rush Cocktail, reach for something that’s not been aged for too long. Something between 6 – 9 years should be good. If it’s too aged, then your bourbon and honey drink will be too oaky, which can overpower the rest of the ingredients.   

The secret to the perfect Gold Rush Cocktail is getting that delicate balance of flavours just right. We love Wild Turkey Bourbon for this recipe because of its sweet vanilla, caramel notes, and spiced orange peel finish. It’s the perfect match for honey syrup and fresh lemon juice. 


The classic Gold Rush cocktail is best served as a pre-dinner drink. Serve these with a snack platter of cured meats, cheese and summer melon.

Store leftover honey syrup in a bottle in your fridge. It should keep for up to a month.

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