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Gold Rush Cocktail

This is a simple gold rush cocktail made with smooth bourbon, local honey, and fresh squeezed lemon juice. The perfect sipping drink after a long day.

The last few posts we’ve shared have been a little time intensive. So, how about we settle in for a nice drink.

Honestly, after busting your butt in the kitchen all day, nothing’s better than fixing yourself a cocktail and sliding into your favorite chair for a rest.

For today’s recipe, Kim and I decided to share a drink we recently discovered. It’s called a gold rush or gold rush cocktail.

I had never heard of this one, and I’ve graduated from a bartender’s program. Needless to say, this cocktail is highly underrated.

If you’ve never heard of it, then you should be aware that’s very similar to a bourbon or whiskey sour. However, the main two differences are that it doesn’t require an egg and instead of simple syrup, it uses honey.

We couldn’t wait to try it and we weren’t disappointed. Since we’re kind of snobby when it comes to drinks, I wanted to use the best ingredients I could find.

Take a look at the tips below for my gold rush cocktail recommendations. Let’s get this one started!

Two gold rush cocktails sitting in a cocktail glasses surrounded by lemon slices and honey on a plate.

Gold Rush Cocktail Instructions:

First and foremost, start by gathering all your ingredients. Grab a cocktail glass, fresh lemons, honey, shot glass, ice, and a shaker.

It’s best to have all these items ready to go when you start your gold rush cocktail. Next, go ahead and juice the lemon and if possible, cut a lemon slice for a garnish.

You don’t have to, but it makes for a pretty presentation. This is especially important if your making the drink for a party or someone special.

After that, in your shaker, measure out and combine the bourbon, honey, and lemon juice. Adding the ice at this point is optional. Besides, you might prefer your drinks neat without using any ice.

Now, shake the shaker cup vigorously for about 20-seconds. That will give the lemon juice time to break up the thick honey and mix everything properly.

Last, you can fill the cocktail glass about 1/4-full with ice and pour the drink from the shaker to your glass. Garnish it with the lemon slice and serve the gold rush cocktail immediately.

The gold rush cocktail ingredients like fresh lemons, local honey, and smooth bourbon.

Gold Rush Cocktail Tips:

Alright it’s time to get snobby about our drinks. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is not to skimp on the ingredients.

For example, in regards to the bourbon. Please don’t go bottom shelf on this one. As far as a brand goes, personally, I like Woodford Reserve.

A good bottle of this one can run about $40-$50 for 750ml size. This bourbon is very smooth and I can sip it with a little ice all by itself.

With that being said, if you already have a favorite brand, then use it instead. This is not an sponsored or endorsed post, so use what you want.

Just keep in mind, the smoother the bourbon, the better this gold rush cocktail will come out. Fresh squeezed lemon juice is what I recommend.

The store-bought stuff is okay for baking, but when it comes to cocktails and sauces, fresh lemon juice is always a better option. The reason I say use local honey is because the taste differs based on the region in which you live.

For example, when we lived in Florida, you could get Palmetto Honey harvested from Palmetto Trees or Orange Blossom Honey, harvested from orange groves. While at their base, both were honey; however, the flavors were different.

The Palmetto variety had a woody taste while the Orange Blossom Honey had hints of citrus in every spoonful. In closing, I beg you to give local honey a try.

It not only supports local farmers, it also opens you up to world of different flavors based on the flower harvested.

A large photo of the finished gold rush cocktail, served in a cocktail glass with ice.

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A large photo of the finished gold rush cocktail, served in a cocktail glass with ice.

Gold Rush Cocktail

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1 Drink


  • 3 Ounces Bourbon
  • 1 Ounce Lemon Juice (fresh squeezed)
  • 1 Ounce Honey (local if possible)


  • First, grab your cocktail glass, shot glass, shaker, and a bowl or bucket of ice.
  • Next, juice the lemon and if possible, cut an extra lemon slice for a garnish.
  • Then, in the mixer, measure out and combine the bourbon, honey, and lemon juice. Shake vigorously for at least 15-20 seconds.
  • Last, fill the cocktail glass about 1/4-full of ice and empty the shaker into the glass. Garnish with lemon if you want and then serve.


The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients and a serving size of one drink. The recipe only makes one cocktail. For multiple drinks, multiply the recipe ingredients by the number of cocktails needed. Ex. 4 drinks need then 3-oz of bourbon X 4-drinks = 12-oz of bourbon needed. 


Serving: 1Drink | Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Sodium: 2mg | Sugar: 23g
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