Introducing the Bramble cocktail, a modern classic
Get ready to drink your new favourite cocktail drink!
The Bramble cocktail is a gin based cocktail with blackberries that is so refreshing and visual.
This is just one of those cocktail recipes that you know you’ll want t make again and again.
Where does this cocktail originate from?
The Bramble is a British invented cocktail. It was actually Dick Bradsell, a fantastic bartender, who created this blackberry flavoured drink back in 1984 when he was working in Fred’s club bar which is in Soho, London.
When you taste it, we’re certain you’ll be thanking Dick Bradsell for the creation!
Can you make it without a cocktail shaker?
Absolutely! This Bramble cocktail recipe doesn’t need a cocktail shaker at all, you don’t need to shake the mixture at all, which makes life all the easier.
How to make a Bramble cocktail
If you scroll down you’ll find a recipe summary, including all of the ingredients, amounts and a step by step guide but here’s a recipe summary.
Firstly, you’ll need to fill your glass with crushed ice.
Then pour over a shot of gin, lemon juice and simple syrup. Freshly squeezed lemon juice is always best.
You’ll need to give the mixture a stir to mix it together and then you’ll add the crème de mure, the blackberry liqueur, over the drink but make sure that you do it in a circular way, like a wheel of crème de mure, this will create a marble effect which looks great.
All that’s left to do is to garnish with fresh blackberries and a slice of fresh lemon and you’re ready to serve your cocktails to your friends and family.
What gin should I use?
Gin is personal taste, you should buy the gin you like and that you can afford.
Below are popular gin brands that we like but choose what you enjoy.
Our favourites are Hendricks, Tanqueray dry gin, Beefeater dry gin, Sipsmith dry gin and The Botanist Islay Dry Gin.
The easy way to make crushed ice
Our Bramble cocktail recipe needs crushed ice, so how do you make it easily?
There are two ways that work well.
The first is to simply put it in a blender, be careful though, read your blenders instructions as you don’t want to put too many ice cubes in.
Blenders make fantastic crushed ice, so this is by far the quick and easiest way to make them.
Not everyone has a blender at home, it’s not like you have a fully stocked bar!
If you don’t, then you can still make your own crushed ice.
Our tips for making crushed ice.
All you need to do is to lay a tea towel on your work surface (make sure it’s a sturdy surface) and place the ice in the centre, then fold the corners over into the middle and make sure that the tea towel is completely closed, if you want, you can tie the tea towel or use a rubber band.
Many people just hold it, but be careful of your hands as you’ll need to bash the ice to create the crushed ice.
Crushed ice will make you drinks really refreshing.
What is simple syrup?
Simple syrup is the same as sugar syrup. You can buy it already made in a bottle or you can make your own.
It’s a liquid sweetener and all you need to do is to stick to the ratio of one part water, one part sugar.
You use simple syrup or sugar syrup in cocktails because as it’s liquid, it’s much easier to blend into cocktail drinks than regular sugar.
What do I garnish with?
The Bramble cocktail is such a rich blackberry colour from the blackberry liqueur, that you’ll want to replicate this vibrancy.
Garnish really does complete it, so it’s important to get it right when you are serving these drinks to your friends and family, as you want them to love their drinks.
We recommend that you garnish with fresh blackberries and a fresh lemon slice.
Nice and simple but they look great!
Want to make these cocktails?
If want to try your hand at making these modern day cocktail drinks all the way from London, then just simply follow our step by step instructions.
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- Blender – this is optional
- 5 Cl Gin
- 2.5 Cl Lemon juice
- 1.25 Cl Simple syrup
- 1.5 Cl Creme de Mure blackberry liqueur
- Firstly, fill your glass with crushed ice
- Now build your cocktail with gin, simple syrup and lemon juice
- Give your drink a stir and then, in a circular motion, pour the blackberry liqueur over which will create a marbling effect
- Garnish with blackberries and a slice of fresh lemon
- Cheers and enjoy!