Irresistible Gold Rush Cocktail: A Taste of Liquid Gold

Classic Gold Rush Whiskey Cocktail Recipe

Discover the perfect harmony of bourbon, lemon, and honey in this exquisite Gold Rush cocktail. A modern classic that’s sure to become your new favorite!

Born in the bustling bar scene of New York City, the Gold Rush cocktail is a testament to innovation in mixology. Created by the talented T. J. Siegal at the renowned Milk & Honey in the mid-2000s, this drink has quickly become a staple in cocktail menus worldwide.

Imagine a whiskey-forward twist on the beloved Bee’s Knees, where the botanical notes of gin are replaced with the rich, caramel undertones of bourbon. For an unforgettable experience, opt for a high-proof bourbon like Old Grand Dad Bonded – its robust flavor profile stands up beautifully to the sweet and sour elements of this drink.

Gold Rush Cocktail


  • 2 ounces bourbon
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed juice from 1 lemon
  • 3/4 ounce honey syrup (see note)


  1. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the bourbon, freshly squeezed lemon juice, and honey syrup. Shake vigorously for about 10 seconds to ensure proper chilling and mixing. Strain the golden elixir into a double old fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.


Honey syrup is the secret to this cocktail’s smooth texture. To prepare, combine equal parts water and honey (1 cup each) in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly until the honey dissolves completely. Allow to cool before use. Store your homemade honey syrup in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
53 Calories
0g Fat
15g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 53
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 32mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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