Bramble is one of those cocktails, every good bartender should know how to make. It’s a mix of dry gin, fresh lemon juice, sugar syrup, and crème de mûre (a blackberry liqueur). Served in an Old Fashioned glass /rocks glass with crushed ice and garnished with a blackberry. On the list of “IBA Official Cocktails” and often described as a perfect cocktail for the spring.
The creator of the Bramble was Dick Bradsell, who is also responsible for the creation of the “Espresso Martini”. Bradsell made the first Bramble in 1984 in a bar called “Fred’s Club” in London. He named the cocktail Bramble, because when he was a child, he often went blackberrying, and the bushes blackberries grow on are “brambles”.
The Bramble cocktail didn’t just happen. It took some experimenting by Bradsell after he received some crème de mûre for the bar. After a few tries, he got to a combination with gin, lemon juice, and sugar syrup, which he shook and strained in a glass over crushed ice so it won’t be too sweet. It’s a delicious cocktail with beautiful red-ish color and the fresh blackberry on top of the ice makes it look even better. The best part is how easy it is to make it, and the ingredients are also very common and easy to find.
- 2 Ounces (60 ml) of dry gin.
- 1 Ounce (30 ml) of freshly squeezed lemon juice.
- ½ Ounce (15 ml) sugar syrup.
- ½ Ounce (15 ml) blackberry liqueur (crème de mûre).
- Lemon slice and blackberry for garnish.
- Add gin, lemon juice, and sugar syrup to a shaker.
- Fill with ice and shake well.
- Strain into an Old Fashioned glass over crushed ice.
- Slowly pour the blackberry liqueur on top.
- Garnish and enjoy.