How to Make a Gold Rush

With just three ingredients, it's an unbeatable whiskey cocktail.


  • 2 oz. bourbon
  • 3/4 oz. lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz. honey


  1. Combine the ingredients into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously for 15 seconds.
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice. No need to garnish.

The Gold Rush is an easy one to make and to drink. Its spirit base is bourbon, its zest comes from lemon, and its sweetness is honey. Think of it like a Whiskey Sour with a different sweetener (and no egg white), or a Hot Toddy served cold. And who could complain about bourbon, lemon, and honey? No one, that's who! You're basically making boozy tea! Some Gold Rush recipes call for honey syrup instead of straight honey, but if you shake hard enough, the straight honey will do just fine. Chose your bourbon wisely, too, as its flavor will significantly characterize the cocktail. Go higher proof for more heat, or a solid blend that you love.

A Little Background

The Gold Rush is a newbie, which is surprising, as its name brings to mind rugged pioneers who've successfully traversed the Oregon Trail to pan for gold flecks in San Francisco before retiring to dusty saloons for a stiff drink. But no. It was invented two decades ago, in 2001, at the Manhattan cocktail stalwart Milk & Honey bar by T. J. Siegel. And though it seems remarkable that such a simple drink—three ingredients, all easily found in the home of any cocktail drinker—took so many years to be invented, its simplicity and precision make it special and lend it lasting power.


If You Like This, Try These

We said it before, so we'll say it again: The Gold Rush is a close cousin to the Whiskey Sour and the Hot Toddy in the whiskey arena. It's also a relative of the Bees Knees, which has gin, and the Honey Bee, which has rum. Might as well keep with the bee theme and try a Black Bee, too, which has bourbon, lemon, honey, and oatmeal stout beer.

Food styling by Sean Dooley
Prop styling by Emily Hirsch

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

Recommended Videos
About The Author
Sarah Rense
View Other Articles From Sarah
Latest Feed
The DILG has ordered local government to toughen up on trikes.
You've got the weight loss resolution. Now, you just need the footwear
The project is aligned with government's thrust to make the Philippines a spacefaring nation.
Featuring wardrobe essentials with technical and outdoor details.
In this day and age of “low, low downpayment” schemes, is it okay to buy secondhand cars?
There's something strange in the neighborhood.
From the jeweler of kings, these masterpieces are precious and dazzling, handsome and elegant.
'The country is better off with ABS-CBN than without it.'
The artist talks about his preference for large-scale canvases and the common imagery you'll find in his pieces.
Load More Articles
Connect With Us