Bourbon Renewal

1½ oz bourbon (preferably 100-proof)
¾ oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
½ oz crème de cassis
2 tsps gomme syrup
a dash Angostura bitters

Combine ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice. Shake to chill, then strain into an ice-filled glass.

To make gomme syrup

Combine 2 oz of gum arabic with 2 oz of water by weight in a small container. Stir to combine and cover. Let the mixture stand at room temperature for 48 hours or until the gum arabic is completely dissolved.

In a small saucepan, combine 12 oz of sugar with 4 oz of water and steadily whisk over low heat until the sugar dissolves. Fold in the gum arabic solution and stir until uniform.

Remove from heat and let cool: bottle for use. Refrigerate for up to a month.

Trinidad Sour (-crème de cassis)
Imbibe Magazine Jul/Aug 2014