Whiskey Cocktails

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Whether you’re a professional mixologist or an aspiring home cocktail maker looking to impress, GOLD BAR Whiskey has a cocktail recipe for you. Find drink inspiration and some of our favorite recipes here.  

The GOLD Fashioned

A GOLDEN twist on a classic cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 5 dashes Angostura Bitters
  • 1 sugar cube
  • Orange peel for garnish

Steps

  1. Muddle sugar and bitters in bottom of a rocks glass
  2. Add large ice cube and whiskey, stir to combine
  3. Rim edge of glass with orange peel then use as garnish

GOLD BAR Whiskey Sour

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 3/4 ounces freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 lemon wheel

Steps

  1. Combine whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white (optional) into a cocktail shaker 
  2. Fill shaker with ice, cover and shake vigorously until shaker is very cold, about 15 seconds
  3. Strain into a chilled old fashioned glass or coupe
  4. Garnish with lemon wheel

GOLD Rush

A delicious homage to the California Gold Rush of 1869

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 ounce Honey Syrup (see recipe in steps)

Steps

  1. Combine all ingredients in an ice-filled shaker. Shake until well chilled, 10-15 seconds. 
  2. Strain into an ice filled old fashioned glass. 
  3. NOTE: to make honey syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup honey in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until honey is dissolved. Cool before using. The syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

GOLD BAR Midnight Manhattan

A California spin on a New York classic

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 1 ounce Ramazzotti Amaro
  • 1 dash bitters
  • 1 brandied cherry for garnish

Steps

  1. Fill a mixing glass two-thirds full with ice.
  2. Add GOLD BAR® Whiskey, amaro and bitters.
  3. Stir vigorously for 30 seconds, then strain into a glass.

 

GOLD Mule

Whiskey twist on a Moscow Mule

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 4 to 6 ounces ginger beer
  • Garnish with a lime wedge or mint

Steps

  • Fill a Collins glass or copper mug with ice and add the lime juice.
  • Pour in GOLD BAR® Whiskey and top with cold ginger beer.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge or mint.
  • Stir and serve.

GOLD BAR Whiskey Smash

Ingredients

  • 2 oz GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 0.75 oz Lavender and Mint Simple Syrup
  • 1 lemon quarter
  • 5-10 mint leaves

Note: To make simple syrup, mix 1/2 cup water with 3 sprigs lavender and 6 mint leaves. Bring to a boil, let simmer for 15 minutes and cool before using. 

Steps

  • Cut lemon into quarters and add to a cocktail shaker with 5-10 mint leaves.
  • Muddle together, add Gold Bar Whiskey, ice, and shake vigorously.
  • Strain into rocks glass over ice. 
  • Garnish with lemon, mint and lavender.

Paper Plane

Ingredients

  • 3/4 ounce GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce Aperol
  • 3/4 ounce Amaro Nonino
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

Steps

  • Add all ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
  • Shake and strain into a coupe glass

RICKHOUSE Boilermaker

A classic combination

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz Rickhouse Cask Strength Bourbon
  • 1/2 pint of Beer

Steps

  • Combine shot of RICKHOUSE cask strength bourbon in your beer or sip alongside...it's up to you to decide. 

GOLD BAR Boulevardier

Rich, Smooth & Slightly Sweet

Ingredients

  • 1.5 ounces GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
  • 1 ounce Campari
  • 1 Orange Twist

Steps

  • Add GOLD BAR® Whiskey, Campari and sweet vermouth into a mixing glass with ice and stir until well chilled
  • Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice
  • Garnish with an orange twist.

California Gold Sour

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon Juice
  • 3/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 1 egg white (optional)
  • Top with tbsp California Red Wine

Steps

  1. Add the whiskey, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white (optional) into a shaker with ice and shake vigorously until well chilled (10-15 sec). 
  2. Strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice
  3. Slowly pour the red wine over the back of a bar spoon so that the wine floats on top

GOLD BAR Citrus Spritz

Ingredients

  • 1.5oz GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 1oz orange ginger syrup*
  • 1oz orange juice
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Splash of Prosecco

Orange-Ginger Syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh ginger

Steps

  • Add ingredients into a highball glass filled with ice and top with Prosecco.
  • Garnish with an orange wheel or mint leaf.
  • Orange-Ginger Syrup
    • Combine water & sugar in a small pot and bring to a boil
    • Steep orange zest and diced ginger in boiling water mixture until syrupy
    • Remove from heat and leave orange peels and ginger to infuse syrup--30 minutes to overnight depending on taste preference. Once complete, strain syrup, removing ginger and orange zest. 

GOLD BAR Mint Julep

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Gold Bar® Whiskey
  • 1/4 tsp simple syrup
  • 6-8 Mint Leaves
  • Crushed ice

Steps

  • In glass, lightly muddle mint leaves in simple syrup
  • Add Gold Bar Whiskey then pack glass tightly with crushed ice
  • Stir until glass is frosty
  • Top with more ice and garnish with fresh mint sprig

HEART OF GOLD

Ingredients

  • 1 ounce GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce Dry Vermouth
  • 3/4 ounce Cherry Gin
  • 1 ounce Cranberry Juice
  • 3 dash Peychauds Bitters

Steps

Add all ingredients to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until cold, ~10-15 seconds.  Strain and serve in coupe glass, garnish with lemon twist. 

GOLDEN PINEAPPLE

A refreshing trip to the tropics

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 3/4 ounce St. Germain elderflower liqueur 
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 ounce coconut water
  • 1 ounce pineapple juice

Steps

Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, then strain into a highball glass filled with fresh ice (or even better yet right into a pineapple!)

Rickhouse Old Fashioned

Made for sipping

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Rickhouse Cask Strength Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 sugar cube (or 1 tsp of simple syrup)
  • 3 dashes Angostura Bitters 
  • Orange twist

Steps

Muddle the sugar cube and bitters with one teaspoon of water at the bottom of a chilled rocks glass. Add one large ice cube, or three or four smaller cubes then add Rickhouse bourbon. Stir until chilled and properly diluted, about 20 seconds. Place orange twist on the side glass for garnish. 

THE LIBERTINE

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 2 ounces Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 2 ounces Simple Syrup
  • 2 Sprigs Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 Tsp. Orange Marmalade
  • 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. Fresh Orange Juice
  • 1 Egg White (optional)

Steps

For simple syrup, pour equal parts water and sugar in a small saucepan. Heat all ingredients until fully dissolved, stirring often. Add one sprig of rosemary and bring simple syrup to a boil, continuing to stir. Remove from heat and let cool.

Discard the boiled rosemary and pour 2oz of simple syrup into a cocktail shaker with 4oz Gold Bar Whiskey, 2oz fresh lemon juice, and orange marmalade. Add ice and shake ingredients until mixed and chilled then strain into a highball glass filled with more ice.

Add maple syrup, orange juice, and egg white to the shaker and shake ingredients until frothy. Spoon froth over top of the cocktail and garnish with the remaining sprig of rosemary.

STRAWBERRY RHUBARB CRISP COCKTAIL

Ingredients

  • 1 oz GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 1 oz Laird's Applejack
  • 4 dashes The Bitter Truth Co's Celery Bitters
  • 1 dash The Bitter Truth Co's Aromatic Bitters
  • 0.75 The Hudson Standard's Strawberry Rhubarb Shrub

Steps

Shake all ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice then strain into an old-fashioned glass over ice. Garnish with a strawberry.

Thank you @bitterbotwin and The Hudson Standard for this bright craft cocktail!

THE CLIFTONNESS

Created by AJ Rathbun

Ingredients

  • Cracked Ice
  • 1.5oz GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 3/4oz Dry Vermouth
  • 1/4oz Pierre Ferrand Dry Curaçao
  • Dash Angostura Bitters

Steps

  • Fill a cocktail shaker or mixing glass halfway with cracked ice then add ingredients and stir well.
  • Strain into a cocktail glass

Rickhouse & Cola

Simple & Delicious. Cola pairs perfectly with vanilla and smoky notes of our whiskey.

Ingredients

1.5 oz RICKHOUSE Cask Strength Bourbon

6 oz Cola

 

Steps

Build over ice in an old fashioned or collins glass. Serve. 

GOLDEN PRESBYTERIAN

Straightforward and refreshing, the Presbyterian is your classic highball drink.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 2 oz Ginger ale
  • 2 oz Club soda

Steps

  • Add GOLD BAR® Whiskey to a Collins glass filled with ice.
  • Fill with equal amounts of ginger ale and soda.
  • Garnish with lemon or lime.

PEACH OLD FASHIONED

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 Peach (Pro-tip, grill the peaches ahead for an extra layer of flavor)

Steps

  • Smash or muddle a ripe peach in old fashioned glass with Cointreau.
  • Add ice.
  • Top off with GOLD BAR® Whiskey

 

  • For entertaining, prepare a big batch of Peach Smash in advance.
  • Blend together until smooth:10 peaches pitted, 4oz Cointreau, 1 TBSP sugar
  • Use 1.5oz Peach "smash" per cocktail

UNION CLUB

Ingredients

  • 2 oz GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 1.5 oz Grapefruit juice
  • 0.5 oz Luxardo
  • 0.5 oz Peychaud Apertivo

Steps

  • Shake all ingredients in cocktail shake with ice
  • Strain into coupe, and garnish with citrus (pictured here: a dehydrated grapefruit slice).
  • Alternative serve: Top off with Prosecco for the perfect brunch cocktail.

PLUM DORADO

A balanced fruit-forward cocktail that combines traditional old-world liqueurs with modern American whiskey.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 1 oz Sljivovica
  • 1 oz Nonino Amaro
  • 1 oz Sweet Vermouth
  • 2 dashes orange bitters

Steps

  • Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously.
  • Strain and serve up in a coupe glass. 

BEAUREGARD’S GOLDEN BREAKFAST

Ingredients

  • 1 oz GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Amaro Montenegro
  • 1/2 oz Chambord
  • 1/2 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • Dash of cherry bitters

Steps

  • Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well (10-15 seconds). 
  • Strain and serve up in your favorite glass with a fresh blackberry for garnish

GOLD BAR FRISCO

Ingredients

  • 1 oz GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 3/4 oz Fernet Francisco
  • 1 oz Drambuie

Steps

  • Build in rocks or old fashioned glass with ice and stir. 
  • Garnish with luxardo cherries

THE ROSE GOLD

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz GOLD BAR® Whiskey
  • 1/2 oz Cointreau
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • Dash of blood orange bitters
  • 1 egg white (optional)

Steps

  • Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously.
  • Strain into rocks glass with fresh ice and garnish with a blood orange segment