Bramble

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Cocktail History

The Bramble is a classic gin cocktail that was created in the 1980s by Dick Bradsell in London. Cocktail legend has it that, when making it, Bradsell wanted to invent a British cocktail that was inspired by his childhood memories of going berry picking on the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England. He achieved this by taking the gin sour template and dressing it up with tart blackberry flair. The name itself is pretty self-explanatory; it comes from the fact that berry bushes are called brambles.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

London Dry Gin: This is the base spirit. We used Broker’s Premium London Dry Gin because it’s versatile, high-proof, and a chameleon that adds the distinct flavor of juniper while still allowing the other flavors to shine.

Lemon Juice: This adds sour citrus flavors that balance out the other ingredients. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Blackberry Syrup: This is a sweetener made with blackberries, white sugar, citric acid, and water. We made ours at home using Alex’s sous vide recipe.

Blackberries: These are muddled in the drink and used as a garnish. They add more fresh blackberry aroma and flavor.

Lemon Wedge: This is the other garnish. It lends lemon aroma and flavor when squeezed into the drink.

Tasting Notes

The Bramble features a sweet, subtle scent of citrus, goes into the immediate punchy flavor of fruity blackberry backed by lemon bitterness, and leaves with a lingering dark blackberry flavor.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: Blackberries weren’t in season for us here in Wisconsin when we made this, so we went traditional by muddling them and then added even more flavor with our homemade blackberry syrup. Our use of the flavored syrup really helped to take the berry flavor (and color) up a level. And while we both adore exploring the complex taste of gin, this one hid the botanical spirit’s sharp edges very well, making it extremely crushable for warm and cool weather alike.

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Alex’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
“This drink is honestly a fantastically simple warm-weather drink. While I love gin and all of its complex flavors, many of the greatest gin cocktails more or less mask gin’s rougher edges, and this one is a great example of that. The slight sweetness from the blackberries and accompanying syrup balance the bitter citrus really well and make this drink very easy going down. My blackberry simple syrup lends a bit of a hand too, I think, with a deeper and more emulsified flavor of the berry in the drink.”

Kendall’s Take: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Hello, blackberries! I’m with Alex on this one; this drink is very tasty and dangerously easy to drink because the citrus and syrup hide the gin’s usually very present botanicals quite well. And speaking of the syrup, wow, does it take this recipe to the next level. It’s so rich and delicious… I highly recommend making some with Alex’s recipe and trying it in this cocktail or our Harvest Run recipe so you can see just how incredible it is for yourself.”

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Essential Cocktail Book: A Complete Guide to Modern Drinks by the editors of PUNCH and Megan Krigbaum.

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AuthorThe Essential Cocktail BookPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz London Dry Gin
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 6 Blackberries
 1 Lemon Wedge

Method
1

Add five blackberries and ¼ oz blackberry syrup to a shaker.

2

Muddle gently.

3

Add gin, lemon juice, ½ oz blackberry syrup, and ice to shaker.

4

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

5

Strain into a lowball glass over crushed ice.

6

Garnish with one blackberry and lemon wedge.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz London Dry Gin
 ¾ oz Lemon Juice
 6 Blackberries
 1 Lemon Wedge

Directions

Method
1

Add five blackberries and ¼ oz blackberry syrup to a shaker.

2

Muddle gently.

3

Add gin, lemon juice, ½ oz blackberry syrup, and ice to shaker.

4

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

5

Strain into a lowball glass over crushed ice.

6

Garnish with one blackberry and lemon wedge.

Bramble

Tools & Glassware We Recommend

Marquis by Waterford Crosby Double Old Fashion, set of 4
Marquis by Waterford Crosby Double Old Fashion, set of 4
Marquis by Waterford Crosby Collection; Made from Genuine Crystalline; 10 ounce Capacity; Perfect for Everyday Use and Entertaining
OXO SteeL Muddler with Non-Scratch Nylon Head and Soft Non-Slip Grip, Silver, 9-Inch
OXO SteeL Muddler with Non-Scratch Nylon Head and Soft Non-Slip Grip, Silver, 9-Inch
Perfect for muddling fresh herbs, citrus fruits and more; Generous nylon head won’t damage glass
$16.95
I-MART Stainless Steel Cocktail Picks Martini Picks Set (Pack of 15)
I-MART Stainless Steel Cocktail Picks Martini Picks Set (Pack of 15)
Measure: 4.25″; Material: stainless steel 304, color: silver; Reusable martini olive skewers, stainless steel olive stuffer.
$6.99

More Berry Cocktails

If you like this berry-flavored cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

Blueberry Mint Julep Cocktail Recipe

Blueberry Mint Julep: A bourbon cocktail made with blueberry syrup, mint, and blueberries

Winter Berry Gin Fizz Cocktail Recipe

Winter Berry Gin Fizz: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, cranberry syrup, raspberry liqueur, soda water, cranberries, and rosemary

Harvest Run Cocktail Recipe

Harvest Run: A bourbon and apricot brandy cocktail made with blackberry syrup, cinnamon syrup, crème de cassis, mint, and a cinnamon stick

Florodora Cocktail Recipe

Florodora: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, raspberry syrup, simple syrup, ginger ale, a lime slice, and raspberries

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