Last week, TJ and I went to Ward 8 in the North End (the former Nebo spot) for a drink and a bite to eat before a Celtics game. I will be honest and say that we had never even heard of Ward 8, and our expectations weren’t all that high. But the location was right, and we mostly just needed a halfway decent cocktail.
Needless to say, the cocktails were killer, and the food was really, really good. We were so pleasantly surprised. This is the perfect pre-game spot. TJ got a variety of cocktails, but I spotted one called a Gold Rush and had to try it – Chappy was a “Gold Rush” Golden, so I felt a kinship to the drink even before the first sip. Made with Bulleit bourbon, honey, and lemon, it ended up being a cocktail that perfectly suited my palate.
When we got home I sent a tweet out to Ward 8 asking for the recipe, but never heard back. Undeterred, this weekend I started googling recipes and hit the honeypot! This is considered a new modern classic, despite first appearing just over a decade ago in New York. It is so simple to make, and can be batched for parties (or also easily turned into a punch with the addition of some sparkling wine). I’m so happy that I made two, but only drank one. That means I have one in the fridge as my reward at the end of this frigid day.
Here’s the recipe – you definitely need to use quality ingredients!
Gold Rush – makes one cocktail
2 ounces bourbon (I used Woodford last night)
.75 ounces fresh lemon juice
.75 ounces honey syrup (Mix one part honey to two parts water. You’ll see different ratios for the honey syrup all over google, but I think you need to be careful that it’s not too sweet as you don’t want it to overpower the lemon. Obviously adjust to your tastes.)
Put everything into a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and pour into a small martini or coupe glass (I think Ward 8 stirred theirs, it was creamier than mine). TJ thinks this would also be perfect as a fizz, with egg white added in. I served mine in a vintage martini glass from Farm and Fable – the smaller size was exactly right for this drink. Enjoy!
Don’t forget to join us tonight for our Billecart-Salmon tasting at UGSE from 5-8. Billecart will be in Chestnut Hill tomorrow night as well!