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Gold Rush Cocktail With a Rosemary Twist

  • Author: Shawn Williams
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cocktail
  • Cuisine: American


A twist on the classic gold rush cocktail recipe made with bourbon, lemon, honey, Applejack brandy, and fresh rosemary. A smooth, citrusy, and refreshing bourbon cocktail with fall vibes.


  • 1 1/2 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 ounce Applejack brandy (you can skip and just use 2 ounces bourbon)
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/23/4 ounce honey syrup
  • 1 sprig of rosemary

Honey Syrup (Makes 1/2 cup)

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup hot water


  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker or mixing glass. Gently muddle the rosemary to extract the oils.
  2. Fill the shaker with ice and stir vigorously for 10-15 seconds. Strain into a chilled coupe glass or with a giant ice cube in a double old fashioned glass. Garnish with 1/2 a sprig of rosemary.

Honey Syrup

  1. Heat water in a microwavable safe measuring cup for about 45 seconds to 1 minute until warm (not boiling).
  2. Sir in honey until fully dissolved and golden. Store in the fridge in a mason jar or plastic squeeze bottle for up to a month.


As mentioned the Applejack adds a nice apple cinnamon touch and delivers a unique taste to the drink. If you don’t have or want to buy, you can just use 2 ounces of bourbon instead.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 202
  • Sugar: 18.1g
  • Sodium: 7mg
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 18.1g
  • Fiber: 0.2g
  • Protein: 0.3g

Keywords: gold rush cocktail, bourbon and rosemary, Apple Jack recipes