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Here are the top craft cocktails to try at home! These fancy drinks feature homemade syrups, unique liqueurs or craft ice for a truly impressive glass.


Want to make craft cocktails made at home? You’ve come to the right place. Here at A Couple Cooks we love cocktails: in fact, we have over 200 recipes from classic cocktails to more unique drinks. Keeping it easy has it’s place, but what about when you want to impress? This collection of fancy mixed drink recipes is for when you want to pull out all the stops!

What is a craft cocktail? There’s actually some contention when it comes to the definition, but here’s our professional opinion. A craft cocktail is a hand-crafted alcoholic mixed drink made with fresh ingredients and no pre-made mixes. One or more of the following elements might be present:

  • Homemade syrups infused with herbs or flowers
  • Fresh squeezed juices and fresh herbs
  • Unique or niche liqueurs
  • Craft ice like artisanal crystal clear ice

Ready to get started? Here are our top craft cocktails that represent one or more of each of these elements!

And now…the top craft cocktails to try at home!

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Gold Rush cocktail

Gold Rush & 10 Craft Cocktails

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


The Gold Rush cocktail is tangy, refreshing and classy: a spin on the whiskey sour using honey! This craft cocktail has a retro feel.


  • 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) bourbon
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) fresh lemon juice
  • ¾ ounce (1 ½ tablespoonshoney syrup
  • For the garnish: lemon wedge
  • Clear ice, for serving


  1. 24 hours in advance: Make the clear ice.
  2. Make the honey syrup.
  3. Add the bourbon, lemon juice, and honey syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill with a handful of ice and shake until very cold.
  4. Strain the drink into a lowball or Old Fashioned glass. Serve with ice and a lemon wedge.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Shaken
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Craft Cocktails

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About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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