Bourbon Renewal Recipe

Nick Guy

Portland, Oregon's Clyde Common is home to the Bourbon Renewal. When we asked bar manager Jeffrey Morgenthaler to recommend a fall drink that was easily made at home, this was near the top of his list.

Made with bourbon, fresh lemon juice, crème de cassis, simple syrup, and a dash of Angostura bitters, the Bourbon Renewal takes the standard whiskey sour to the next level. Although there's more bourbon than anything else, the strong berry flavor of the crème de cassis was the first thing to hit us. Combined with the simple syrup and lemon juice, the liqueur definitely tames the strong tones of the spirit. You do, however, still get the oak coming through the fruity drink.

Make no mistake, this drink's on the sweet side, fruity and rich, but with much better flavors than you'd get from any store-bought sour mix. True bourbon fans may want to bring down the simple syrup a little bit, but we found it highly enjoyable as is.

Note: If you like your drinks on the dry, tart side, consider starting with 1/4 ounce simple syrup and adding more to taste. To make simple syrup, combine 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is dissolved. Cool before using. Simple syrup will keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Recipe Facts

Prep: 5 mins
Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 2 ounces bourbon

  • 1 ounce fresh juice from 1 lemon

  • 1/2 ounce creme de cassis

  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup (see note), or less to taste

  • 1 dash Angostura bitters


  1. Add bourbon, lemon, crème de cassis, simple syrup, and bitters to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 15 seconds. Strain into an ice-filled Old Fashioned glass.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
199 Calories
0g Fat
14g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 199
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 12mg 59%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 33mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)