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A Simple Cocktail With Wine, The California Gold Rush

December 23, 2019
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A Simple Cocktail With Wine, The California Gold Rush

This simple cocktail with wine is a refreshing take on the classic Gold Rush cocktail with a Golden State-inspired Chardonnay spin!

A Simple Cocktail With Wine, The California Gold Rush

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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!  

This particular cocktail with wine from the ebook is inspired by the classic California Gold Rush cocktail. The savory notes struck in that first delicious sip are a result of the addition of herbs to the honey-based simple syrup. Who can resist a thyme sprig as garnish?! Not us!

What is California Gold Rush cocktail with wine?

The classic Gold Rush cocktail is a very simple drink. It calls for bourbon, honey syrup, and fresh lemon juice. It’s reminiscent of a Whiskey Sour except it has the flavor notes of honey.

Our California-inspired version flips this classic cocktail on its head by replacing the bourbon with California Chardonnay and incorporating a flavorful honey and thyme simple syrup.

Why is Chardonnay great for making cocktails with wine?

The flavors of California Chardonnay are as broad as the microclimates where the grapes are grown.

It ranges from unoaked and fruit-forward with hints of minerality to rich and toasty with vanilla and butter.

Honey-Thyme Syrup

This syrup only takes 5 minutes to make and combines the flavors of fresh-squeezed California lemon, honey, water, and thyme.

The syrup for this cocktail is super simple and really versatile! We highly suggest using this syrup as an oatmeal topping. And it is to die for drizzled over brie cheese too!

How to build a California Gold Rush cocktail with wine.

First, pour Honey-Thyme Syrup into a glass. Next top the simple syrup with California Chardonnay. Squeeze in an ounce and a half of fresh lemon juice. The final step is to add ice to the glass, stir, and then garnish.

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 recipe
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California Gold Rush Cocktail with Wine

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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