California Gold Rush Cocktail Recipe

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December 23, 2019
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California Gold Rush Cocktail Recipe

This refreshing take on the classic Gold Rush cocktail adds a Golden State spin with California Chardonnay.

Have I got a treat for you!  

Just in time for the Holidays, California Wines has published a FREE, gorgeous, downloadable E-Book California Wine Cocktails. It highlights one of California’s most prolific agricultural stars in the state: wine!  

Each recipe in the book incorporates in-season fruit and herbs. Each libation is a work of art that you can easily concoct in your own kitchen!  

Simple ingredients and easy preparation help make these cocktails a reality for any celebration.  They are perfect for entertaining business associates or a small gathering of friends and family. I’m positive one or more of these drinks will bring a smile to your guests.

Out of the many cocktails in the ecookbook, I chose the California Gold Rush.  I love the idea of adding honey and herbs to Chardonnay, creating a slightly savory aspect to the cocktail.  Plus, the thyme sprig floating in the drink is just too cute to pass up!

Make a quick Honey-Thyme Syrup: it’s super simple and really versatile! Try it as an oatmeal topping, or drizzle over brie cheese. Yum!

Pour fresh squeezed lemon into the mixture of honey, water and thyme and simmer for 5 minutes.  That’s it!  Now you have an amazing syrup with several uses…  I love a good multi-tasker!

Pour the Honey-Thyme Syrup into the glass with the Chardonnay and additional lemon juice.  Add ice, stir, garnish and serve!

This drink is incredibly refreshing and festive!

California Chardonnay is fabulous for sipping solo, and for wine cocktails.

Chardonnay ranges from unoaked and fruit-forward with hints of minerality to rich and toasty with vanilla and butter. The spectrum of flavors and aromas in California Chardonnay is as broad as the microclimates where the grape is grown.

Did you know Chardonnay is the state’s most widely planted white winegrape? It’s true!

Grab a glass and cheers to the best Holiday ever!!!

Get your FREE COPY of this cocktail recipe plus several more (seriously, I had trouble picking which one to make for this post) and enjoy!

Ready for more delicious wine cocktail recipes? Check out our Rosemary & Roasted Grape Wine Cocktail, Meg’s Mandarin Basil Sparkler + Raspberry Port Sparkler, Kate’s California Harvest Sangria, and KC’s Raspberry Frose Wine Slush + Farmers Market Wine Cocktail.

California Gold Rush Cocktail

This refreshing take on the classic Gold Rush cocktail adds a Golden State spin with California Chardonnay.
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon, wine cocktail
Servings 1 cocktail
Calories 215kcal
Author K.C. Cornwell for California Wines

Ingredients

For the cocktail:

  • 5 ounces Chardonnay
  • 1 ½ ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ounce lemon-thyme-honey syrup see recipe below
  • Ice
  • Lemon wheel and fresh thyme for garnish optional

For the syrup:

  • cup honey
  • cup water
  • cup lemon juice
  • 4-5 sprigs fresh thyme

Instructions

To make the syrup:

  • Heat the syrup ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat until it comes to a simmer. Cook at a simmer (do not boil) for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Remove thyme springs and any loose leaves with a spoon, or strain the syrup with a fine strainer.
  • Note: syrup may be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 3 weeks.

For the cocktail:

  • Fill a highball glass with ice.
  • Add the syrup, lemon juice and Chardonnay and stir to combine. Garnish with a lemon wheel and fresh thyme. Serve and enjoy.

Notes

Syrup may be refrigerated in a sealed container for up to 3 weeks.

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 159mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 3IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

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