Maker’s® Renewal

Renew your idea of what a Whisky Sour can be with this Maker’s and crème de cassis cocktail. The cassis adds a tart but sweet blackcurrant flavor and presents a unique violet-red complexion.


  • 2 parts Maker’s Mark® Bourbon
  • 1 part fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 part crème de cassis
  • 1/2 part simple syrup
  • 1–2 dashes Angostura® Aromatic Bitters
  • Lemon slice or blackberries for garnish
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Pro Tips
Used judiciously, crème de cassis can add deliciously sweet tartness as well as brilliant hues to your drink. It’s made from blackcurrants that are macerated in either brandy or a neutral spirit.
Your simple syrup can vary by the type of sugar you use and your ratio of sugar to water. This cocktail calls for a 1:1 simple syrup. If you’d like a sweeter, thicker syrup for other drinks, try two parts sugar to one part water.
Simple syrup will keep in the refrigerator for at least a week and has a number of uses. It’s great in sauces, marinades, vinaigrettes and, of course, other Maker’s cocktails.

How to

  1. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into rocks glass over ice.
  3. Garnish with a lemon slice or blackberries.

ALL THAT’S OLD, RENEWED AGAIN History of Maker’s Renewal

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.

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