Against all odds, the very drinkable Bramble was invented during the cocktail deadzone known as the 1980s. Cocktail revolutionary Dick Bradsell concocted the drink at Fred’s Bar in London. Based on a Gin Fix (essentially a Whiskey Sour made with gin), the Bramble is set apart by a float of crème de mûre (blackberry liqueur). The drink is at its best at the end of summer, when blackberries and other wild “bramble” fruits are in season. Crushed ice is integral not only to the drink’s appearance but also its flavor, as the ice helps dilute the cocktail to the right levels.
Mix it Up
A Gin Fix is arguably best made with genever, which also happens to be great in the Bramble. It will give the cocktail an earthy depth. Try swapping out the crème de mûre for other fruit liqueurs like framboise (raspberry) liqueur and black currant liqueur. If you are making a Bramble in summer, try muddling fresh blackberries into the cocktail before shaking it.
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