A Gold Rush Cocktail uses bourbon, honey, and lemon juice to make a smooth, simple, and easy to make cocktail!
How have I not shared a bourbon cocktail on the blog before now?
Hopefully you’re familiar with my buttery bourbon cherry cookies, which are basically a cocktail disguised as a cookie. However, despite my deep love for bourbon I haven’t used it for any cocktails on the blog.
Maybe it’s because the bottle is always empty? Shhhh.
I thought this would be a lovely cocktail for New Year’s Eve because the holiday always brings up images of silver and gold. Everyone is celebrating, throwing around glitter and confetti, and you deserve a golden drink in your hand after a hard year.
The only thing better than a fancy sounding cocktail is one that is insanely easy to make. You only need three ingredients and maybe five minutes to throw this together. Watch the video and you’ll see that I didn’t even pull out my cocktail shaker, I just used a mason jar to shake everything up!
What is in a Gold Rush Cocktail?
This simple cocktail is made from three ingredients:
- Lemon Juice
- Honey Syrup
The honey syrup is a combination of honey and water in order to allow the honey to be easily mixed into the cocktail. You can combine the honey and water in any ratio you prefer, but I like two parts honey to one part water.
This Gold Rush Cocktail can be customized! Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Swap the honey syrup for ginger liqueur
- Shake with ice in a cocktail shaker for an extra cold cocktail
- Experiment with other types of whiskey
- Multiply by how many people you’d like to serve to prepare a gold rush pitcher for a party
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- 2 ounces bourbon
- 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3/4 ounce honey syrup (see notes)
Pour all ingredients in a small mason jar or cocktail shaker, cover, and shake to mix. Pour over one large or a 2-3 normal sized ice cubes in a rocks glass.
To make honey syrup, combine two parts honey to one part hot water in a mason jar, seal, and shake until thoroughly combined. Store at room temperature indefinitely.