Bourbon Renewal

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This one was named after a band that my business partner, Tony Figoli was in a long time ago. I thought the name was absolutely brilliant, so I decided to do up a drink to commemorate the band – and my favorite spirit at the time.

I think the creme de cassis really works well with the sour component of this drink, and who can beat American whiskey on a warm spring evening?

Update: Our friends over at The Educated Barfly just released a great instructional video about the Bourbon Renewal, and you can see it below!


Bourbon Renewal Print Me

  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • .5 oz creme de cassis
  • .5 oz simple syrup
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters
  1. Shake ingredients with ice until cold.
  2. Strain over fresh ice into an old-fashioned glass.
  3. Garnish with a lemon wedge, or if in season, fresh currants.

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17 Replies to “Bourbon Renewal”

  • Gene says:

    Friends and family joined us for my birthday dinner at Clyde Common in July and we tried this drink for the first time. We loved it so much that one of our guests followed up with a late gift to me of a bottle of Creme de Cassis so I can make the Renewal at home. The combination of flavors with bourbon is excellent.

  • Tatane says:

    On the sugar part I’m more like more cassis for less simple syrup, something like :

    3/4 Oz Crème de cassis
    1/1 Oz simple syrup

    I found the taste more intense and distinctly expressing in three phases : 1 just cold water sensation, 2 then bourbon sour sensation, 3 then cassis sensation.

    My girlfriend bought me some local from Beaune for my birthday.

    Really tasty mix. Congrats !

  • pete says:

    novice here… that said, I tried this one with buffalo trace bourbon and it was OK. Then tried it with Rittenhouse rye (cause I like rye and thought it needed something more) and it was OK. I just made it with Old Grand Dad 114 and for my taste, the spice of the OGD 114 really made it. Great cocktail.

    My first experience with creme de cassis and there was a choice of a $22 bottle and a $8 bottle at my local liquor store. I went with the latter. I’d like to try some more cocktails with this liqueur but I’m definitely sold on this recipe so I’ll try the nicer bottle when i run out. Thanks!

  • B.peksa says:

    I believe I have one better. It’s from my favorite spot, Just a Taste. In St.James MO.

    Muddle some orange pieces
    1 oz bourbon
    1 oz Cherry liqueur (Heering or Mcgillicuddy)
    1 oz lemon juice
    .75 oz Grand Marnier
    .5 oz Falernum
    Few dashes Peychaud’s bitters
    Shake & serve over big cube

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