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The Bramble cocktail is a modern classic known for its refreshing blend of gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, and blackberry liqueur. Created in the 1980s by bartender Dick Bradsell at Fred's Club in London, this cocktail has since gained popularity for its balanced sweetness and tartness, reminiscent of a stroll through a blackberry bramble.


Ingredients and Tools:

  • 60 ml (2 oz) gin

  • 30 ml (1 oz) fresh lemon juice

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) simple syrup

  • 15 ml (1/2 oz) blackberry liqueur (e.g., crème de mûre)

  • Crushed ice

  • Old-fashioned glass or rocks glass

  • Bar spoon

  • Jigger

Preparation Steps:

  1. Fill an old-fashioned glass or rocks glass with crushed ice to the top.

  2. In a cocktail shaker, combine 60 ml (2 oz) of gin, 30 ml (1 oz) of fresh lemon juice, and 15 ml (1/2 oz) of simple syrup.

  3. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake vigorously for about 10-15 seconds to chill the ingredients.

  4. Strain the mixture over the crushed ice in the prepared glass.

  5. Drizzle 15 ml (1/2 oz) of blackberry liqueur over the top of the drink.

  6. Garnish with a lemon wedge and a fresh blackberry, if available.

Flavor Profile:

The Bramble cocktail offers a delightful balance of tartness from the lemon juice, sweetness from the blackberry liqueur, and botanical notes from the gin. It's a bright and vibrant cocktail that's perfect for sipping on a warm summer day.

Mixoloco - Mixology Tips:

  • Fresh Lemon Juice: Using freshly squeezed lemon juice is essential for achieving the bright and zesty flavor profile of the Bramble cocktail.

  • Choosing Blackberry Liqueur: Opt for a high-quality blackberry liqueur, such as crème de mûre, to ensure a rich and authentic blackberry flavor in your Bramble. I experimented with different brands of blackberry liqueur and found that the higher-end options offered a more intense and complex flavor profile. It's worth investing in a quality liqueur for a truly delicious Bramble cocktail.

  • Crushed Ice: The texture of the ice plays a crucial role in the Bramble cocktail's overall drinking experience. Crushed ice helps to rapidly chill the drink while diluting it slightly, creating a refreshing and balanced cocktail.

  • Garnish Creativity: While a lemon wedge and fresh blackberry are classic garnishes for the Bramble, don't be afraid to get creative with your presentation. Experiment with different fruits, herbs, or edible flowers to add your own unique twist.

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