Gold Rush Cocktail Drink

Gold Rush

Want to mix up something special? This Gold Rush Cocktail recipe is just the ticket! It’s a straightforward, tasty drink you can easily make yourself with only 3 ingredients.

Gold Rush Cocktail Recipe

Tired of regular (although delicious) Whisky Sours? Give it a twist with this Gold Rush Cocktail recipe! Bourbon, lemon juice, and honey syrup blend together to create a just right drink for all bourbon lovers.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

223 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz honey syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon wheel or twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Rocks Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Fill a rock glass with ice cubes and set it aside.
  • Pour 1 oz fresh lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Measure and pour 1 oz honey syrup into the shaker.
  • Add 2 oz Bourbon to the mix.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Take the rocks glass and, using the cocktail strainer, discard the extra water from the ice cubes. Add more ice cubes if necessary.
  • Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture from the shaker into the ice-filled glass. Add more ice if necessary.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel or twist.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, rye whiskey can be a good substitute. It has a spicier profile than bourbon, but it still works well in this cocktail. For a smoky flavor, try using Scotch whisky instead. The one from the island of Islay will give you an intense peated flavor: you can either use it alone or experiment by blending it with another type of whisky (½ oz of Islay Scotch whisky and ½ oz of bourbon can be a great combination for example).
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used as a substitute if you run out of lemons. It will give the cocktail a slightly different taste but still delicious.
  • Honey Syrup: If you're not a fan of honey or don't have it available, simple syrup or agave nectar can be used as substitutes. Maple syrup can also be used as a twist.

Making a Pitcher of Gold Rush Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of bourbon, 8 oz of lemon juice, and 8 oz of honey syrup.
  • Mix: Combine the bourbon, lemon juice, and honey syrup in a large pitcher. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled rocks glasses, garnish with a lemon wheel or twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute; several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol. You can also use apple juice as a substitute for the bourbon.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular bourbon, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Honey Syrup Substitute: To make this cocktail vegan, replace the honey syrup with agave nectar or maple syrup. Both are plant-based sweeteners that can be used in place of honey.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
223
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
0.1
g
0
%
Saturated Fat
 
0.01
g
0
%
Sodium
 
2
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
25
g
8
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
24
g
27
%
Potassium
 
45
mg
1
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
0.01
g
Vitamin A
 
2
IU
0
%
Vitamin C
 
11
mg
13
%
Calcium
 
3
mg
0
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Gold Rush Cocktail Drink

Gold Rush Cocktail Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Tired of regular (although delicious) Whisky Sours? Give it a twist with this Gold Rush Cocktail recipe! Bourbon, lemon juice, and honey syrup blend together to create a just right drink for all bourbon lovers.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 223

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1 oz honey syrup
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon wheel or twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Cocktail Shaker
  • Strainer & Fine-strainer
  • Rocks Glass
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Fill a rock glass with ice cubes and set it aside.
  • Pour 1 oz fresh lemon juice into the shaker.
  • Measure and pour 1 oz honey syrup into the shaker.
  • Add 2 oz Bourbon to the mix.
  • Shake vigorously.
  • Take the rocks glass and, using the cocktail strainer, discard the extra water from the ice cubes. Add more ice cubes if necessary.
  • Using the cocktail strainer, strain the mixture from the shaker into the ice-filled glass. Add more ice if necessary.
  • Garnish with a lemon wheel or twist.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Bourbon: If you don't have bourbon, rye whiskey can be a good substitute. It has a spicier profile than bourbon, but it still works well in this cocktail. For a smoky flavor, try using Scotch whisky instead. The one from the island of Islay will give you an intense peated flavor: you can either use it alone or experiment by blending it with another type of whisky (½ oz of Islay Scotch whisky and ½ oz of bourbon can be a great combination for example).
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used as a substitute if you run out of lemons. It will give the cocktail a slightly different taste but still delicious.
  • Honey Syrup: If you're not a fan of honey or don't have it available, simple syrup or agave nectar can be used as substitutes. Maple syrup can also be used as a twist.

Making a Pitcher of Gold Rush Cocktail:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of bourbon, 8 oz of lemon juice, and 8 oz of honey syrup.
  • Mix: Combine the bourbon, lemon juice, and honey syrup in a large pitcher. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled rocks glasses, garnish with a lemon wheel or twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Bourbon Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic bourbon substitute; several brands are available that mimic the flavor of bourbon without the alcohol. You can also use apple juice as a substitute for the bourbon.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use this non-alcoholic substitute instead of the regular bourbon, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version.

Making it Vegan:

  • Honey Syrup Substitute: To make this cocktail vegan, replace the honey syrup with agave nectar or maple syrup. Both are plant-based sweeteners that can be used in place of honey.

 

What is a Gold Rush Cocktail?

A Gold Rush Cocktail is a bourbon-based classic cocktail with three simple ingredients: bourbon, fresh lemon juice, and honey syrup. This cocktail is not complicated to make as it only requires mixing these three ingredients properly. The Gold Rush Cocktail is a variant of the classic Whiskey Sour but uses honey syrup instead of sugar for sweetness.

A side shot of a Gold Rush cocktail in an old fashioned glass on a wooden board surrounded by a strainer, two lemon pieces, a shaker, and a white striped cloth

What is a Gold Rush Cocktail made of – The ingredients

You will require these ingredients to craft a Gold Rush Cocktail:

  • Bourbon: This is the base spirit of the Gold Rush cocktail. It provides a rich, full-bodied flavor with notes of vanilla and caramel.
  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Adds a tangy freshness to balance out the sweetness of the honey and the strong flavor of the bourbon.
  • Honey Syrup: Sweetens the cocktail and adds a smooth, floral note. It also helps to blend the flavors.
  • Ice Cubes: Used to chill the cocktail and slightly dilute the strong flavors, making it more palatable.
  • Lemon Twist (for garnish): Enhances presentation and adds a subtle hint of citrus aroma when sipped.

Bourbon, lemon juice, honey syrup and a lemon leid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Gold Rush Cocktail?

Create a Gold Rush Cocktail at home using our detailed, step-by-step guide:

1
<p>Start by filling a rocks glass with ice cubes. Set it aside.</p>

Start by filling a rocks glass with ice cubes. Set it aside.

2
<p>Grab your shaker and pour 1 ounce (30ml) of fresh lemon juice inside (The acidity of the lemon juice will balance the honey's sweetness and the bourbon's strength).</p>

Grab your shaker and pour 1 ounce (30ml) of fresh lemon juice inside (The acidity of the lemon juice will balance the honey's sweetness and the bourbon's strength).

3
<p>Next, add 1 ounce of honey syrup to the shaker (This will give your Gold Rush cocktail its characteristic sweetness and smoothness).</p>

Next, add 1 ounce of honey syrup to the shaker (This will give your Gold Rush cocktail its characteristic sweetness and smoothness).

4
<p>Now, time for the core of the drink: pour 2 ounces of bourbon inside the shaker.</p>

Now, time for the core of the drink: pour 2 ounces of bourbon inside the shaker.

5
<p>Once all the ingredients are in the shaker, fill it with ice. The ice will chill the ingredients as they mix, ensuring your cocktail is served at the perfect temperature and with the perfect dilution.</p>

Once all the ingredients are in the shaker, fill it with ice. The ice will chill the ingredients as they mix, ensuring your cocktail is served at the perfect temperature and with the perfect dilution.

6
<p>Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds with the shaker now full.</p>

Secure the lid and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds with the shaker now full.

7
<p>Using the cocktail strainer, strain the cocktail into the ice filled rocks glass. Add more ice if necessary.</p>

Using the cocktail strainer, strain the cocktail into the ice filled rocks glass. Add more ice if necessary.

8
<p>Finally, garnish your Gold Rush cocktail with a lemon twist. This adds a touch of elegance to your drink and gives a hint of fresh lemon aroma every time you take a sip.</p>

Finally, garnish your Gold Rush cocktail with a lemon twist. This adds a touch of elegance to your drink and gives a hint of fresh lemon aroma every time you take a sip.

Gold Rush Cocktail variations

Want something similar to Gold Rush? Try a similar variation:

  • Bee’s Knees: Gin, lemon juice, and honey syrup come together to form a refreshing blend. Honey sweetens and complements the gin’s botanical flavors perfectly, smoothing out the lemon’s sharpness for a soothing taste. I love the way the honey makes the lemon gentler, enhancing the drinking experience.
  • Bourbon Sour: Bourbon mixes with lemon juice and a touch of sugar to create a smooth and balanced drink. The sugar softens the tartness of the lemon, harmonizing with the bourbon’s rich warmth. It’s an accessible mix that highlights bourbon’s deep flavors.
  • Kentucky Mule: Bourbon meets ginger beer and lime juice in this spirited combination. The ginger beer adds a lively spice that enhances the bourbon, while lime brings a refreshing zest. This combination is ideal for those who enjoy a ginger kick with their bourbon.
  • Penicillin: Blended Scotch, lemon juice, honey-ginger syrup, and a splash of smoky Islay single malt Scotch combine for a complex flavor. The smoky top layer adds a unique aroma that captivates the senses, creating an unforgettable experience. I adore the smoky notes; they introduce an exciting twist that lifts the whole concoction.
  • Whiskey Smash: Bourbon, fresh mint, sugar, and lemon are muddled together, releasing vibrant flavors. The mint offers a refreshing coolness, making a stark contrast with the warm bourbon. This mix is a delightful showcase of its fresh ingredients.
  • Brown Derby: Bourbon, grapefruit juice, and honey syrup mix to offer a sophisticated taste. The grapefruit provides a citrusy edge that plays well against the honey’s sweetness, resulting in a bittersweet profile. Its unique grapefruit use gives it a distinctive charm.
  • Honey Old Fashioned: Here, honey replaces the traditional sugar, blending with bourbon and bitters for a rich and smooth flavor. The honey melds perfectly with the spicy bitters, offering a deeply satisfying taste. I especially enjoy the silky texture that honey brings, making each sip luxuriously smooth.

A Gold Rush cocktail, shot from above, in an old fashioned glass on a beige marmol table surrounded by lemon juice, honey syrup, Bourbon, and two lemons.

History and Origin of the Gold Rush Cocktail

In the Prohibition years, from 1920 to 1933, it was completely illegal to drink alcohol in the U.S. As people still wanted to party and enjoy their booze, they had to get creative: honey became a popular way to hide the strong taste of homemade booze, and lemon juice then helped balance out the sweetness of honey. These two ingredients set the stage for the Gold Rush Cocktail.

Jump ahead to the early 2000s in New York City; a bartender named T.J. Siegal, working at the famous Milk & Honey bar, wanted to make a new cocktail that was easy but classy. He took ideas from the classic whiskey sour and the Bee’s Knees (a gin cocktail with honey and lemon) and he mixed bourbon with lemon juice and honey syrup, making a smooth and refreshing drink. People at Milk & Honey loved this new drink, where it earned the name of “Gold Rush”, probably because of its golden color… and of the way it had to attract customers from all over the country, in search for the cocktail of their dreams!

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FAQ

How many calories does a Gold Rush cocktail contain?
A standard Gold Rush cocktail contains approximately 200-220 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific ingredient brands.
How strong is a Gold Rush cocktail?
The strength of a Gold Rush cocktail depends on the alcohol content of the bourbon used. Typically, it has an Alcohol By Volume (ABV) of around 20-25%, translating to 40-50 proof. This makes it a moderately strong cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Gold Rush cocktail?
Bourbon is the primary alcohol used in a Gold Rush cocktail.
In what kind of glass is a Gold Rush cocktail served?
Traditionally, a Gold Rush cocktail is served in an old-fashioned or rock glass. These glasses are perfect for showcasing the golden color of the drink.
What does a Gold Rush cocktail taste like?
A Gold Rush cocktail offers a harmonious blend of sweet and sour flavors. The honey provides sweetness, while the lemon juice adds a tangy kick, creating a well-balanced taste profile.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Gold Rush cocktail?
The typical ratio for a Gold Rush cocktail is 2 parts bourbon to 1 part lemon juice and 1 part honey syrup. This ratio ensures that no single ingredient overpowers the others, resulting in a balanced and flavorful drink.
How is a Gold Rush cocktail served with respect to ice?
A Gold Rush cocktail is usually served over ice, often called "on the rocks". This method helps to chill the drink while slightly diluting it, making it more enjoyable to sip.

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