Gold Rush Cocktail  

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Cocktail Type


Great for

Garden 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. 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. Straightforward, sophisticated, and refreshing, it’s the perfect pre-dinner serve for your next summer party.



The honey used 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

2 Oz

60 Ml

2 Parts

0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 Parts

Freshly squeezed lemon juice
0.75 Oz

22.5 Ml

0.75 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 a 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.  

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

How to make a Gold Rush Cocktail

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

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 ¾ oz 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 half a cup of honey and half a cup of 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, and that can overpower the rest of the ingredients.

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

How to serve the Gold Rush Cocktail

The classic Gold Rush cocktail is served in an Old Fashioned glass with one large ice cube and a lemon peel twist. Serve these with a snack platter of cured meats, cheese, and melon. 

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A Gold Rush Cocktail is a type of whiskey sour made with honey syrup, lemon juice and bourbon.

To make a Gold Rush Cocktail shake together Bourbon, honey syrup and lemon juice then pour it into an Old Fashioned glass with one large ice cube.

Add half a cup of honey and half a cup of water to a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and stir until the honey has dissolved. Decant into a bottle and keep in the fridge for up to one month.

A Gold Rush Cocktail is similar to a Whiskey Sour, but the addition of honey creates a richer mouthfeel and flavor, while the lemon juice cuts through this richness resulting in a refreshing summer sipper.