Pre-batching honey into bourbon (for a Gold Rush) in Spirits & Cocktails Posted May 9, 2016 The one cocktail that it seems like many of my friends share a taste for is the Gold Rush - we all like it. So it would be nice to be able to make it relatively quickly whenever we happen to have guests. I'm wondering if it would be possible to pre-batch the honey simple syrup into the bourbon, so that I could just pour 2.75oz of that mix into the shaker and add 3/4 of lemon. Would that be pantry-safe? I'd imagine that the proof should be high enough (at a ratio of 2:3/4, that's ~60 proof) to keep it from being unsafe, but does anyone know if it kills the flavor of the honey?