Thee Old Gold

To all of my Alpha Phi Alpha brothers out there this drink is in particular for y’all.  When I was thinking of a name for this drink Thee Old Gold popped into my head and it just felt right.  Running it and a few other names past some of my Alphabama brothers they seemed to like it as well so here we are… The black the black the black and OLD GOLD!

Thee Old Gold is a drink that I came up with after having something very similar served to me on a few occasions.  I’ve never known the exact ratios that different bartenders used when making their version of the drink, but I must say I wasn’t at all disappointed that I had to drink cocktail after cocktail to get it to my liking.

It was in Portland, OR when I first had this drink.  I have no idea was the bartender there called the drink, but I remember the the basic ingredient list consisting of ginger, lemon, honey, and bourbon.  I was at a bar called the Multomah Whiskey Library; which anyone who knows me knows that I wouldn’t pass up trying.  Just walking into the place I was taken aback at the number of liquors adorning the wall; specifically the bourbon and the whiskey.


I had a number of drinks while I was there, but the drink that has inspired this recipe is the one that I can remember the taste of to this day.


The only effort in this recipe comes from making the syrups.  I was at first intimidated by the idea of making my own syrup, but as I have now learned how simple it really is I’ll be doing much more of it.  For this recipe all you’ll need is honey, whole ginger, and some sugar.  That at and couple pots of water and you’ve got two delicious syrups that you can use for more than just this cocktail.


You can of course make buy cocktail syrups, but why do that when you can make your own and adjust them to your liking.


I have found that a few leaves of mint does wonders for this cocktail.  By clapping the mint between your hands you’ll release the flavor and scent of the mint.


Thee Old Gold

  • Servings: 1
  • Time: 45 minutes
  • Difficulty: Medium
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  • 3 oz bourbon  (A shot glass is typically 1.5 oz.)
  • 1 oz honey syrup
  • 1/2 oz ginger syrup
  • 1 oz lemon juice
  • Fresh mint
  1. Add bourbon, honey syrup, ginger syrup, and lemon juice to a cocktail chaser with ice.
  2. Shake all ingredients together and strain into an ice filled rocker glass.
  3. Clap a few leaves of mint between your hands and use it to garnish the drink.

Ginger Syrup

  • 1/4 lb. ginger, grated
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add ginger and sugar to water and reduce heat to low.
  3. Cook down for 20-25 minutes; stirring occasionally.

Honey Syrup

  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup water
  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Add honey and reduce heat to low.
  3. Cook down for 20-25 minutes; stirring occasionally.

As always thank you for taking a few moments from your day to read over this and I hope that you are able to try this recipe sometime and that you enjoy it.  Feedback and comments are always welcome and appreciated.

Have a blessed day,




1 Comment

  1. Savoy Horton says:

    Love your website brother. I know it takes a lot to put your work out there. Very inspiring. Keep up the good work.

    Savoy Horton- KG-2011


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