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yellow cocktail in rocks glass with black silhouettes of pine trees etched onto glass

Gold Rush

Amy Traynor
The Gold Rush is a modern classic whiskey cocktail made with bourbon, lemon juice, and honey.
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Prep Time 5 mins
Total Time 5 mins
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cocktail


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • ¾ oz honey syrup (1 cup of honey mixed with 1/3 cup hot water)
  • ¾ oz lemon juice


  • To make the honey syrup, combine the honey and hot water and stir until the honey has dissolved. Store any leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  • Add all cocktail ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill it 3/4 with ice.
  • Shake until chilled, then strain into a double rocks glass filled with ice.
  • No garnish is required, but I like to add a lemon wheel and an edible flower, if in season.


Gold Rush Recipe Variations
Make a Berry Gold Rush by muddling a few fresh berries with the honey syrup in a cocktail shaker. Then add the lemon juice, bourbon, and ice, and shake until chilled. Fine strain the liquid into a double rocks glass filled with ice and garnish with a lemon wheel and a berry.
Keyword bourbon, honey syrup, lemon juice, rye whiskey
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