About the Gold Rush

Honey syrup adds sweet depth to bright, fresh citrus and the bold, bourbon flavors of Maker’s Mark®. The Gold Rush cocktail takes no time to make, but you won’t want to rush through sipping this honeyed riff on the Whisky Sour.

Preparation Time
3 min

Flavor Profile
Light and Bright


*For The Honey Syrup

  • 2 parts honey
  • 1 part hot water
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  • Step 1
    Mix the ingredients
    Add Maker’s Mark® Bourbon, lemon juice and honey syrup to an ice-filled shaker.
  • Step 2
    Shake it up
    Give it a good shake.
  • Step 3
    Grab a glass
    Strain over ice into rocks glass.
  • Step 4
    Garnish with lemon wedge.
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Gold Rush

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A grade above

Store-bought honey is graded on a quality scale of A to C, based on moisture content, color, clarity and absence of defects. But for the purest, most flavorful honey, explore your local farmers’ market to seek out the raw or unpasteurized variety.
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Stay sweet

Honey syrup will keep in the refrigerator for at least a week and has a number of uses. It’s great in sauces, marinades, vinaigrettes and, of course, other Maker’s® cocktails.
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In a squeeze

Bottled juices will work in a pinch, but your Gold Rush – and other favorite cocktails – will really shine when using all-natural, fresh-squeezed citrus.

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