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A bramble cocktail takes a gin sour and makes it even better with the addition of delicious blackberries! We love the mouth-watering combo of citrusy lemon, sweet sugar and tart blackberries. Not to mention, it’s totally Instagrammable!

This recipe pays homage to a modern fruity classic. It's a simple gin cocktail made with fresh blackberries, simple sugar syrup, lemon juice and plenty of ice. Mix one during spring and summer when blackberries are in season and you might discover it's your new favorite way to drink gin.

The cocktail that will break the internet
Who knew a simple gin drink could look this good! The Bramble is a gin-kissed beauty of a cocktail, featuring fresh lemon juice and blackberries.

Well, what can I say but that this cocktail has become my new fave! This recipe pays homage to a modern fruity classic. It’s a simple gin cocktail made with fresh blackberries, simple sugar syrup, lemon juice and plenty of ice. Mix one during spring and summer when blackberries are in season and you might discover it’s your new favorite way to drink gin too.

While it looks and feels like drinkers have been enjoying this fruity concoction for ages, the real story is that it was created in 1984 by U.K. bartender Dick Bradsell. (He also invented the Espresso Martini!) It has been enjoyed by many drinkers ever since and has found it’s way on to many classic cocktail lists. It’s easy to see why. It’s just the right amount of sweet and sour!

Plus don’t the blueberries look beautiful? You know how I love a drink that infuses fruit into it! For a non-alcoholic spin on a fruit infused drink try our black cherries and blueberries infused water.

This recipe pays homage to a modern fruity classic. It's a simple gin cocktail made with fresh blackberries, simple sugar syrup, lemon juice and plenty of ice. Top it with a sprig of fresh lavender for a tonal vibe.This simple gin cocktail is made with fresh blackberries, simple sugar syrup, lemon juice and plenty of ice. Serve it in a old fashioned glass for there perfect fruity drink.

What you need to make a Bramble Cocktail

Fresh blackberries: Blackberries are what turn a gin sour into a Bramble Cocktail! You’ll need six to make the drink, plus extra to garnish. If you don’t have fresh blackberries you can use 1 ounce of crème de mure (blackberry liquor) instead.

Gin:  We recommend using a dry gin with a citrus flavor, like Tanqueray Rangpur Gin. For a even fruitier taste, try Brockmans Gin, which includes blackberries and blueberries.

Simple syrup:  This recipe calls for just one ounce. If you find the drink too sour, you can increase the amount of simple sugar syrup. You can use store brought or homemade simple syrup.

Lemon juice: We like to squeeze our own the freshest taste, but you can use store bought lemon juice, as well. If you prefer, you can substitute the lemon juice with lime juice.

Ice: We recommend using plenty of ice to keep your drink fresh and cold!


A Bramble Cocktails is modern classic. It's a simple gin cocktail made with fresh blackberries, simple sugar syrup, lemon juice and plenty of ice. The Bramble is a modern cocktail made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup, crushed ice,

How to make your own simple syrup

To make a simple sugar syrup all you need is sugar and water.

  1. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a saucepan set over a low heat.
  2. Stir continuously and when the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and set aside to cool.

Simple sugar syrup will keep fresh for about 2 weeks in a jar in the fridge.

After tossing in a few blueberries, we used a sprig of fresh lavender from the garden to garnish this cocktail because we loved the tonal vibe of the drink and lavender. If you use flowers to garnish your Bramble Cocktail please ensure they are edible.

Tips for serving your cocktail

We recommend serving this simple gin drink in a double old fashioned, but when it comes to presentation, the neon hue of a Bramble stands on its own.

Even still, it never hurts to add a little garnish! After tossing in a few blueberries, we used a sprig of fresh lavender from the garden to garnish this cocktail because we loved the tonal vibe of the drink and lavender. If you use flowers to garnish your Bramble Cocktail please ensure they are edible.

For a summery look, try swapping the lavender for a lemon wedge.

A bramble cocktail takes a gin sour and makes it even better with the addition of delicious blackberries! Fittingly, it is named after the bush that blackberries grow on - a bramble bush!

Bramble Cocktail FAQs

Why is it called a Bramble?

This answer is pretty straightforward. it’s called a Bramble because its flavors are inspired by the bush blackberries grow on – you guessed it, a bramble bush. The creator of the drink was inspired by his childhood memories of picking fresh berries on the Isle of Wight.

Can you substitute the blackberries?

You certainly could substitute the blackberries for another fruit, but then it wouldn’t be a bramble anymore!

How strong is a Bramble Cocktail?

The bramble is not the strongest nor the weakest cocktail around. Its average alcohol content is 17 percent ABV, making it just a little stronger than a gin and tonic.

Is a Bramble Cocktail the same as a Bramble Bar?

No they are completely different drinks, but both make fantastic summertime cocktails! A Bramble Bar is made of scotch, apple juice, and elderflower.

The Bramble is a gin-kissed beauty of a cocktail. To make a Bramble muddle blackberries, then add gin, lemon juice and simple syrup.

How to make a Bramble Cocktail

Step 1
Put 6 blackberries into a glass and muddle.

Blackberries are the key ingredient in a Bramble cocktail.Add muddled blackberries to a simple gin drink for fresh summery flavor. This will also give the drink a neon hue.

Step 2
Pour in the gin and simple syrup.

This cocktail calls for gin, simple syrup and lemon juice. Paired with muddled blackberries it makes for a refreshingly simple drink. This cocktail uses gin, simple syrup and lemon juice. Paired with muddled blackberries it makes for a refreshingly simple drink.

Step 3
Add lemon juice.

Step 4
Add ice and mix.

This cocktail uses gin, simple syrup and lemon juice. Paired with muddled blackberries it makes for a refreshingly simple drink. Adding lots of ice to your cocktail keeps the flavors fresh in this simple gin recipe.

Step 5
Add blackberries to garnish.

Edible flowers make a beautiful garnish for spring and summer inspired cocktails. ad. • We used a sprig of fresh lavender from the garden to garnish this cocktail because we loved the tonal vibe of the drink and lavender.

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Bramble Cocktail

5 from 1 vote
Serves | 1 cocktail
A bramble cocktail takes a gin sour and makes it better with the addition of blackberries! This simple gin drink is a modern classic. We love the mouth-watering combo of citrusy lemon, sweet sugar and tart blackberries. Not to mention, it's totally Instagrammable!
Prep2 mins
Total 2 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 6 fresh blackberries plus extra to garnish
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce simple sugar syrup
  • 1 ounce lemon juice
  • ice

Instructions
 

  • Put 6 blackberries into a glass and muddle.
  • Pour in the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice.
  • Add ice and mix.
  • Add blackberries to garnish.

Notes

If too sour you can increase the simple sugar syrup.
To make a simple sugar syrup all you need is sugar and water.
  1. Add 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water to a saucepan set over a low heat.
  2. Stir continuously and when the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
Simple sugar syrup will keep fresh for about 2 weeks in a jar in the fridge.
Blackberry subsitute: If you don’t have fresh blackberries you can use 1 ounce of crème de mure (blackberry liquor) instead.
Garnish Tip: We used a sprig of fresh lavender from the garden to garnish this cocktail because we loved the tonal vibe of the drink and lavender. If you use flowers to garnish your cocktail please ensure they are edible.

Nutrition

Calories: 133kcal (7%), Carbohydrates: 34g (11%), Protein: 1g (2%), Fat: 1g (2%), Saturated Fat: 1g (6%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 24mg (1%), Potassium: 302mg (9%), Fiber: 2g (8%), Sugar: 23g (26%), Vitamin A: 27IU (1%), Vitamin C: 16mg (19%), Calcium: 18mg (2%), Iron: 1mg (6%)
Course | Drinks
Cuisine | American
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