3-Ingredient Happy Hour: The Gold Rush

Happy (well deserved) weekend, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we're focusing on a bourbon-based twist on my beloved Bee's Knees: The Gold Rush.

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3-Ingredient Happy Hour: The Bee's Knees

Happy weekend, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week I want to talk about a sweet and sour, classic cocktail that's perfect for refined patio sipping: The Bee's Knees.

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I don't know your life, but I get the feeling that this week was a little rough for everybody. Mine started with illness, then ash started raining from the sky, but now I'm mainly worried about my friends in Florida being swept away. As such, I'm fairly stressed and don't have time or bandwidth to mess around with a fancy cocktail. The Gold Rush is not only super easy to make, but it contains ingredients that you probably already have on hand, meaning no annoying trips to the store. (I'm so tired of going to the store.)

To make this no-frills, effective beverage, you will need:

  • 60mL bourbon (I like something 100 proof or higher here.)
  • 22mL lemon juice
  • 22mL honey or honey syrup

Now, as with the Bee's Knees, whether you use straight honey or whip up a syrup is up to you. Pure honey will take a little more shaking to get into solution, and will have a stronger flavour. If you'd rather make the syrup, just combine equal parts honey and water and heat until the honey dissolves. (You don't even have to make a lot of it; you can make just a little bit in a mug.)

Once you've sorted out your honey situation, pour everything into a cocktail shaker filled with ice — or just throw one big cube in there — and shake until your shaker is very cold. Strain into a lowball over another big cube, and take a deep, calming swig.


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