Cranberry Gold Rush Recipe

Cran Gold Rush Cocktail

It’s that time of year again where there are a lot of get togethers and memories being made! This Cranberry Gold Rush will be a crowd favorite, and a huge hit.

The best thing about this drink is that not only does the drink look and taste incredible, it is super simple to put together.

The honey really adds more element into the mix here, and I can’t wait for you to try it. Please let me know your thoughts below!

Candied Cranberries

Why should you make this cranberry gold rush?

  • Because, bourbon – No further explanation needed!
  • Impress those visitors – We all know that the stressors of hosting a large Thanksgiving feast can be burdensome, so make a lasting impression with this delicious drink!
  • Fast and Easy – You can make the cranberry honey simple syrup ahead of time, and continue prepping the rest of our meal while the cranberries steep. Multitasking!

Cooking Tips

  • Don’t crystalize the honey syrup. Do not stir during the cooking phase. Make sure the syrup has cooled off prior to agitating it.
  • Make the clear ice. – The clear ice gives this drink an official appearance and also helps prevent from the drink getting watered down. Find the clear ice recipe here, and a link to the molds here.
  • Don’t discard those cranberries – After infusing the honey syrup roll the cranberries in sugar to make a delicious edible garnish! They are like cranberry sour patch kids!!
Cranberry Gold Rush Cocktail
Cranberry Gold Rush
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5 from 8 votes

Cranberry Gold Rush

Cranberry infused honey syrup with a traditional Gold Rush recipe
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Steep time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon, cranberry honey syrup, gold rush
Servings: 1
Cost: 5


For the Cranberry Honey Syrup

  • 1 part honey (ex: 1 cup)
  • 1 part water (ex: 1 cup)
  • 1 part fresh cranberries (ex: 1 cup)

For the cocktail

  • 2 parts bourbon
  • 3/4 parts cranberry honey syrup
  • 3/4 parts fresh lemon juice


For the Cranberry Honey Syrup

  • combine the honey and water in a small pot of medium heat. Bring to a boil.
  • Afterwards, add the cranberries, cover and remove from heat. Steep for 2 hours.
  • Strain off the cranberries for the syrup. Roll the steeped cranberries in sugar to make sugared cranberries.

For the cocktail

  • Combine the bourbon, lemon juice and cranberry honey syrup with ice. Mix to combine. Stain into glass with fresh ice. Garnish with sugared cranberries.

15 thoughts on “Cranberry Gold Rush Recipe”

    • 1 cup of each should give you about 2 cups of syrup. That’s enough for 16 cocktails depending on how heavy your pour is.

    • Airtight and at room temperature. Unfortunately they won’t last too long. The max you will get is 4 days. Personally I would consume them after two.

      • Thanks! I may have underestimated how many I can eat! They won’t last more than 2 days….and may be gone tonight! Thanks for the awesome suggestion!

  • 5 stars
    Love it! I my berries got very soft but I salvaged the simple syrup. Drink is more red. 🤷🏻‍♀️ It’s still delicious!

    • Interesting. I wonder what happened.. I’m sorry it didn’t come out like the pictures but I’m glad it tastes good!!

  • 5 stars
    Awesome recipe. Also a hint of red noted likely just bleed from cranberries. Could me more selective and pick less ripe ones to avoid, but I don’t think it affects taste in the least. Freeze the berries after spearing for more pop! It mixed well with gin as well. Bourbon better in my humble opinion for flavor. Thank you.

    • I love the idea of freezing them. Thank you for sharing! And yes, I also experimented with gin but I completely agree that bourbon is better!

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