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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.

The Essentials

Lemon Juice
Crème de mûre
The Details


2 oz Gin
.75 oz Lemon Juice
0.5 oz Crème de mûre
2 Blackberries


  • Shake the gin, simple syrup and lemon juice with ice and strain into a rocks glass. Add crushed ice.
  • Pour the crème de mûre over the crushed ice.
  • Garnish with the blackberries and serve.

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.  

Recommended Gins: Bombay London Dry, Beefeater, Gordon’s, Hendrick’s, Plymouth, The Botanist Gin

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