Bourbon Renewal

DSC_0324I stumbled across this cocktail recipe last week when I literally Googled “Bourbon and Cassis cocktails” in a fit of desperation. Now I can’t seem to get enough of this combination.

Over time, my home bar collection has grown into a cohesive mix of spirits to make an array of cocktails, but it wasn’t always that way. In the past we would buy random liqueurs to use in one cocktail, and then they would sit on the back shelf collecting dust. Crème de Cassis was one of those purchases for me. Anisette is another, so if you have any uses or recommendations for that one please let me know.

This cocktail is awesome. Really awesome. It’s no surprise it’s the work of mastermind bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler, of Portland’s own Clyde Common.

Bourbon Renewal

Adapted from Jeffrey Morgenthaler of Clyde Common in Portland, Oregon.


  • 2 oz. Bourbon
  • 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
  • ½ oz. Crème de Cassis
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • 1 dash angostura bitters


Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake until well chilled, about 30 seconds. Strain into cocktail glass filled with fresh ice. Garnish with lemon if you desire. Serve immediately.

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  • Reply
    Lauri Walker
    December 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Yum! I am going to try this one for sure! My favorite adult beverage is bourbon (I love my Jack and Knob Creek) I will let you know how it comes out. Thanks!

    • Reply
      December 2, 2013 at 8:29 PM

      Yay! Another Bourbon girl. I have made this cocktail more than any other lately. Give it a whirl and let me know what you think.

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