This bourbon-based frozen gold rush cocktail is naturally sweetened, honey- and lemon- flavored, and blended with ice for a refreshing summer drink.
Despite the fact that the local schools are starting soon, it’s a) still the beginning of August and b) still HOT. Man oh man, this heat has been ongoing for weeks and weeks. I know this is the kind of weather I just couldn’t wait for when Nashville was getting a few crazy ice storms this past winter, but, uhhh, it’s had its run.
Seeing as Mother Nature has ignored my bribes of ice cream and steak to tone it down a little, I’m thinking this frozen gold rush cocktail might sweeten the deal enough to bring us some temperatures in the low 80s. A girl can wish!
I’m typically not one to opt for a cocktail with bourbon as my drink of choice, but the simplicity of a Gold Rush jumped out at me as one I needed to try.
Sooooo glad I did! The honey and lemon flavors equally shine through and sweeten this drink just enough while giving it a citrusy twist. No need to stock up on (often calorie-laden) mixers for this one. We’re bringing it back to basics here.
This version stays true to its bold yet unassuming roots with a fun little take – let’s throw it in the blender!
The same tried and true ingredients are blended with ice for an incredibly refreshing, slightly sweetened cocktail that’s just made for poolside sipping. Or deck lounging. Or hunkering down inside with the air conditioning because it’s just TOO hot to hang around outside. 🙂
- Use your favorite bourbon! We don’t get super fancy.
- You will have extra honey syrup leftover, which is great for making a gold rush cocktail or two (or three) for friends. Store the excess in the fridge.
Frozen Gold Rush Cocktail
- 1 oz honey syrup, recipe below
- 1 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1 cup ice
For the honey syrup:
- Add 1/2 cup of water to a small pot over high heat until it comes to a simmer. Once it's simmering, remove pot from the heat and whisk in 1/4 cup honey until combined. Store excess honey syrup in the refrigerator.
For the cocktail:
- In a blender, add 1 oz honey syrup, lemon juice, bourbon, and ice. Blend until ice has broken down and drink is frothy. Serve with a lemon garnish.
Slightly adapted from The Kitchn