Gin Cocktails

Bramble – The Perfect Recipe and Everything You need to know

Of all the classic gin cocktails, the bramble is one of the newest. Crafted in 1984 by Dick Bradsell, a bartender at Fred’s Club (a local bar tucked into a corner on London’s west end), he took the basics of a gin sour and built on it with new ingredients to create the bramble. It is a bright cocktail bursting with flavor and is a great springtime drink as it perfectly matches the blooming new life all around you. If you’re interested in an under-utilized gin cocktail, this is the perfect drink for you.

When Dick Bradsell put together the Bramble, he wanted to craft a drink based on his childhood growing up on the Isle of Wright. The name Bramble comes from a blackberry bush, which is known as a bramble. As a child, he would often go to pick blackberries, thus the name “Bramble.”


Bramble - The Perfect Classic Recipe

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Cocktail Nutrition Facts 255 calories per cocktail 0 fat
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Bramble Ingredients

To make the classic bramble you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Gin
  • 3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice
  • 3/4 oz Creme de Mure
  • 1/2 oz Simple syrup
  • Garnish (usually a lemon wheel and blackberry)


How to Make a Bramble

To make the bramble you’ll want to fill a rocks glass with crushed ice, then add the gin, lemon juice, and the simple syrup into the glass, then stir the mixture together. If there is room on top add more crushed ice and drizzle in the creme de mure. Add in the garnish and you’re all set.

The traditional garnish is a lemon wheel and blackberry, but if blackberries are out of season you can go with just the lemon wheel. If you want to spruce up the drink a bit more you can opt for frozen blackberries instead of some of the ice, which makes for a great pool-side drink.

In case you’re wondering, creme de mure is a blackberry liqueur, typically made from blackberry juice and bitters.

Bramble Nutrition Facts

The Bramble does have a higher calorie count than your standard classic cocktail gin. This is because the creme liquor does come with a larger amount of calories (most cream liquors will have a higher calorie count). The calorie count on the cocktail is as follows:

  • 255 Calories
  • 0g Sodium
  • 0g Cholesterol
  • 28g Carbs
  • 0g Dietary Fiber
  • 0g Protein

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Best Gin For a Bramble

Gin is a personal preference, but for this particular cocktail, you’ll want something that blends well with blackberry. Some will prefer a spiced, peppery taste, others will want a smoother, citrus taste. According to Ultimate Beverage, the best gins to consider include Chase Williams GB Extra Dry London Dry Gin and Copperworks Northwest Cask Finished Gin. You can also go with Plymouth Gin, which is a bit easier to find at your local alcohol store.

Bramble Variations

The Bramble is already a bit of a variant cocktail, so there are fewer variations of the Bramble. However, the variant is still an interesting take you should consider.

Jam Bramble

Having trouble finding the creme de mure? If so, why not go with blackberry jam? That’s what this Jam Bramble cocktail has. It’ll be sweeter, but it’s great for the summer.

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