Happy National Cocktail Day. Let’s celebrate

Someone named March 24 National Cocktail Day, and that’s just not a date we can let go by uncelebrated.

So we pulled out our copy of “The PDT Cocktail Book,” the beloved bartending guide that arose from the equally beloved speakeasy in New York City. The book is loaded with mixology advice and great recipes. It’s a must-read for anyone who wants to make a better cocktail.

We chose the Gold Rush, a mix of bourbon, honey syrup and lemon. It’s a simple cocktail that illustrates how you can balance a few ingredients to make a drink that is so much more than its parts. It seemed like a fitting choice for National Cocktail Day, celebrating simplicity.

The book calls for Elijah Craig 12-year-old bourbon, but we didn’t have that on hand and went with Woodford Reserve instead, which is admittedly a downgrade.

As for the honey syrup, you make it just like you do simple syrup. My method these days is to add equal parts of honey and water to a Mason jar, microwave for 1 minute, then remove with a hot pad, screw the lid on and shake the jar for a minute until the honey is dissolved. Just be sure to let it cool before using it.

Our National Cocktail Day drink is the Gold Rush, made with bourbon, honey syrup and lemon.
We made the Gold Rush cocktail, which is bourbon, honey syrup and lemon juice, for National Cocktail Day.
The Gold Rush cocktail from PDT, except with lesser bourbon.

Click here for the recipe

Hope you enjoy the cocktail, and the holiday. We have a few other cocktail ideas for you below.

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