The Gold Rush Cocktail

The Gold Rush Cocktail

This past weekend’s warm weather forced a brief moment of anxiety upon me as I had to contemplate the impending close of “Bourbon Season”.    Saying ‘goodbye’ when I am not quite prepared is always awkward for me but eschewing bourbon for the season can be painful. When temperatures start to heat up I know I will eventually hit the seasonal “bourbon wall” (that point at which the qualities which make bourbon such a lovely fall and winter tipple prevent it from summer consideration). The unseasonable April heatwave caught me off guard

I did not want to say goodbye.

The Gold Rush Cocktail

So I fought back! I went in search for a bourbon drink refreshing enough and capable of staving off what I call the Annual Great Gin Migration. (I switch to gin in the summertime.) At least for another few months or until the dead heat sets in and I actually start to crave my gin.

I found it in the Gold Rush.

The Gold Rush Cocktail

There is a lot about this drink to love. Probably because I already loved it once. It is really just a Hot Toddy but served chilled cold. I didn’t know you could do that to a toddy but you can! It is sweet (but not too sweet with my recipe), strong yet refreshing, and unmistakably bourbon. The inclusion of bourbon may keep it off most trendy summer cocktail menus but it shouldn’t. A lot of end-of-bourbon-season angst could be avoided!

I’m presenting the recipe here as one that can be easily scaled up, premixed and then stored in a mason jar in your refrigerator for future consumption. The recipe makes two but save that extra one for yourself because you will certainly want it. If you’d rather, make the honey syrup in advance to knock these out one at a time and at whatever proportions suit your guest’s fancy. Personally, I found it more refreshing to scale the honey down a bit and add the tiniest of seltzer “float’ to the top — your mileage may vary. With or without the seltzer this is a winner and the ingredient list guarantees this drink can always be at hand. Next time up I think I will try my hand at infusing lemon verbena or thyme into the honey syrup.

What gin?

The Gold Rush Cocktail

Serving Size: 2 drinks

The Gold Rush Cocktail

This is what you will need:

  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons very hot water
  • 4 oz bourbon (1/2 cup)
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • seltzer water
  • lemon for garnish

This is how you make it:

  1. To an empty measuring glass or mason jar add the honey and hot water and stir until thoroughly mixed
  2. Stir in the bourbon and lemon juice
  3. Continue mixing until thoroughly blended
  4. Serve immediately or p0ut the jar into the refrigerator until you need a refreshment that only bourbon can satisfy!
  5. When ready add contents of jar to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake for 1 minute
  6. Strain over a rocks glass filled with ice
  7. Float 1-2 tablespoons of seltzer water on glass (optional)
  8. and garnish with lemon

The Gold Rush Cocktail

About Trevor Kensey

To be truthful, I don't know what “Sis. Boom. [blog!]" means either. The name implies something explosive just happened I suppose I would like it if each post would make made a small 'boom' in your day or at least a fizzle. Even though a recipe is included with every post I have a hard time calling this a "food blog" or even myself a "food blogger".

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  1. Way to hang on! Sounds and looks like a great drink.

  2. Lemon verbena honey syrup. Yeah, I’m hangin’ on for the gin.

  3. An Ode to the Gold Rush

    When dry spring breezes turn to sticky heat
    I feel my brain invaded by malaise
    Indolent, I pace and cannot bear to eat
    & glasses of liquid comfort end my long days

    ‘Tis tragic to give up one’s best lov’d booze
    The darker liquors are the gods’ own gift
    I’d drink them all the day could I so choose
    Indeed, my spirits would then never need a lift!

    Alas! But bourbon & the heat don’t mix.
    Unless one is a bar chef, exceeding clever
    For such a one, there’s naught that can’t be fix’d
    ‘Tis but a matter of indifferent endeavor

    And so, dear Trevor bestows to us Gold Rush
    A drink to celebrate one’s inner lush

  4. Oh my goodness! This is TOO fantastic. My husband loves Hot Toddies, and we NEVER even thought of this. Thanks.

  5. I got so excited because, when I saw the photo, I thought it was a big Margarita. No such luck, I guess. My father drank bourbon so I always had a bottle on hand. He has been gone for many years so I would be more-than-willing to ship this almost-full bottle out your way. Don’t suppose the USPS would like that much. Does bourbon spoil?

    • Dearest Mary. How sweet. But I don’t think I will ever have the chance to find out if bourbon spoils for I never have a bottle open long enough to tell. If it doesn’t spoil inside of a week or two, I would never know. As for margaritas…stay tuned!

  6. Isn’t this the bourbon grandaddy weekend of them all? I’d be the first to the finish line for one of these. 🙂


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