I don’t think it’s a very big secret that we’re a Morgenthaler-loving household. I’ve written about quite a few of Jeff’s cocktails here in pretty glowing terms, though I try to keep the adjectives to a minimum to minimize our effect on Jeff’s ego—it’s already pretty legendary without us.
That aside, there’s no way to sugarcoat this. I’ll just have to say it: the Bourbon Renewal is one of Dan’s all-time favorite cocktails. It appears on his top five and his five desert island cocktails. It is most of the reason we have créme de cassis in the bar at all times. It is the go-to bourbon drink at our house, especially if we’re out of mint for juleps.
That sound you now hear is Jeff’s ego, expanding.
2 oz bourbon
1 oz fresh lemon juice
½ oz creme de cassis
½ oz simple syrup
1 dash Angostura bitters
Mix ingredients and pour over cracked ice. Garnish with a lemon wedge, or not if you’re lazy.
My faint praise be damned, there is a reason that Playboy picked this as a drink of the month. Sweet, tart and dry with a hint of spice, it’s pretty much perfect for all seasons. I tend to find myself more interested in whiskey during the cold months, but the Bourbon Renewal is light and refreshing enough to serve in the summer without sacrificing any of the delightful qualities of the bourbon. Jeff recommends using Woodford Reserve, but we make ours with whatever we have handy; this time we used Buffalo Trace and it still came out perfectly. An excellent all-around tipple and definitely worth a try.