Admittedly, I have a severe preference for bourbon-based cocktails, and this one is no different. The Gold Rush is a simple but delicious blend of lemon juice, honey syrup, and bourbon. I added angostura bitters and a rosemary garnish to my version to give it more of an herbaceous flavor, but that is purely optional.
What's great about this cocktail is that it can be made in advance and en masse for a big crowd. Fresh lemons for the lemon juice is preferable.
While a quick google search shows that proportions are debatable, below are the ones I used and can vouch for.
- 2 oz bourbon of choice (I used Bulleit)
- 1 oz honey syrup*
- 1.5 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ice cube, the bigger the better
- (optional) dash of angostura bitters and rosemary garnish
*For the honey syrup, mix 1 part honey to 3 parts boiling water. I did this in a pyrex and stirred until the honey was completely dissolved and had cooled down. Some recipes call for lesser parts water, but I found it harder to get the honey to dissolve this way. (Since I used more water for the syrup, I didn't shake the cocktail over ice, so as to not dilute it).
Combine all of the ingredients, taking care to measure, into a cup. Stir with a spoon to combine and sip.