Cocktail Hour: The Gold Rush

The Gold Rush Sour Cocktail Drink with a Cherry Lemon

The Gold Rush cocktail is a variant of the whiskey sour, and one of our preferred cocktails for imbibing and reading. Its creation is credited to T. J. Siegal. Siegal is believed to have perfected the Gold Rush while working as a bartender at the famed Milk and Honey. The Gold Rush is the perfect bourbon cocktail— a hint of sweetness, a touch of honey, and that sour patch of lemon.

The Gold Rush:
  • 2 ounces of Four Roses Bourbon
  • ¾ ounces of Honey syrup
  • ¾ ounces of fresh lemon juice
  1. Mix and shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice until the drink becomes very cold. Add small amounts of fresh lemon juice if needed in order to balance the flavors. Make sure your mixture doesn’t overpower the bourbon.
  2. Strain the mixed drink into a chilled rocks glass.
  3. Served with a twist of lemon, sugared ginger or cherry.
Literary Pairing:

Combine with your favorite classic or any novel set in the early part of the latter century (we recommend Amor Towles’ Rules of Civility) for that old school reading vibe. But, quite frankly, we’d drink this one while reading anything.