The inspiration behind Maker’s Renewal comes from a cocktail created in Portland, Or. back in 2001. Originally known as the Bourbon Renewal, it was so named for a former band its original mixologist played in. This remix on a classic Whisky Sour uses Crème de Cassis to make it sweet and special. “Cassis,” French for blackcurrant, is a liqueur derived from these berries by macerating them in brandy or a neutral grain spirit. This specialty of the Burgundy region has been produced there since 1841.