Simple to make and well balanced in its sweet and sour tones the Bramble has become something of a modern classic now appearing on most bar menus in the UK. Essentially its a short “Gin Sour” with a drizzle of Creme de Mure, a French blackberry liqueur, over the top.
The recipes for a Bramble cocktail normally consist of the following ingredients:
Gin is definitely in high fashion, scores of Gin distilleries have been popping up across the UK in recent years. There are numerous gins on the market all with their own flavours and fascinating stories, which gin you use is up to your personal tastes however we are using something a little different, a little lighter; Loca Lab’s “Minus 33” – check out the blog post to find out more about this ‘juniper distilled spirit‘.
Freshly squeezed lemon juice, used to balance the sweetness of the sugar and berries in this cocktail.
2:1 sugar to water ratio. Check out our blog post on how to make your own sugar syrup at home.
Crushed ice is important in this drink for chilling and dilution. At home, you can simply smash your cubes while wrapped in a clean dish towel, with a rolling pin or something heavy.
Blackberries and slice of lemon to garnish
If you’re lucky enough to have access to fresh blackberries then this recipe is a must!
How to make a Bramble
The Classic Bramble Cocktail Recipe
You will need:
- 2 shots (50ml) London Dry Gin (or Minus 33!)
- 1 shot (25ml) Freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 shot Sugar syrup
- 1/2 shot Creme de Mure
1. Pour the Gin, Lemon Juice and sugar syrup into your shaker, half-fill with ice, and shake until ice cold
2. Strain into an old fashioned rock glass filled with crushed ice
3. Drizzle the Creme de Mure over the top so it trickles through the ice
4. Garnish with fresh blackberries and a slice of lemon
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Mix all the above ingredients plus 25ml of grapefruit juice, strain and serve over crushed ice. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit peel.
Simply swap the Creme de Mure for Chambord and garnish with raspberries.
The history of the Bramble
Invented in 1984 by Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in London Soho, it has become one of the UK’s favourite “unusual” cocktails. It’s well balanced, refreshing and easy to make.
Dick wanted to make a British take on the Singapore Sling, and was inspired by picking fresh blackberries on the Isle of Wight where he grew up.
Its rather memorable name is thought to have come from the winding nature the liqueur takes finding its way from the top to the bottom of the glass through the crushed ice, as if it were quite literally dodging through brambles.
Do you have your own recipe or take on the classic? Let us know in the comments below.
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