Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Love At First Sip: The Gold Rush

Everything has a beginning. For me, my love of cocktails started the moment my lips first met a Gold Rush. The libation was served to me at the fabled New York speakeasy, Milk & Honey, and it was love at first sip. To me, it is the perfect combination of sweet and citrus, and it is made with my favorite of all spirits—bourbon.

Gold Rush Cocktail

2.5 oz bourbon (I prefer Four Roses or Elijah Craig in this one)
1 oz honey syrup*
1 oz lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake and strain over a large ice cube into a chilled rocks glass.

To make the honey syrup, 2 part honey and 1 part water in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the honey dissolves. Let chill.


  1. This drink is fantastic. Good choice.

  2. If you're too lazy to make the honey syrup (and I often am), agave nectar makes a good substitute. Don't use straight honey as it won't dissolve and just clumps up your drink.

  3. Agreed. This viscosity of the honey is too thick. Thinner agave nectar is better (and a little less sweet). Great tip!