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Gold Rush Cocktail

gold rush cocktail

A simple mix of bourbon, lemon and honey.

It doesn’t get much more beautifully uncomplicated than this cocktail. A variation of the classic Whiskey Sour that’s made with honey instead of simple syrup, the drink is featured in Robert Simonson‘s 3-Ingredient Cocktails book, where he explains how the drink was a mainstay during Milk & Honey’s early years and has endured to this day. Simonson uses Henry McKenna bonded 10-year bourbon, but feel free to use your favorite whiskey.


  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. rich honey syrup
  • Tools:shaker, strainer
  • Glass:rocks


Combine all the ingredients in a shaker filled with ice and shake until chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass over one large cube of ice.

Rich Honey SyrupHeat 1 cup of honey and ⅓ cup water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the ingredients have integrated. Remove from the heat, let cool, then refrigerate. Stored in a tightly sealed container, the syrup keeps for 1 week.

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