Gin Cocktails

The Gin Bramble: How to Make the Famous Gin Cocktail

The Gin Bramble is one of the newest classic gin recipes. It debuted in 1984 – the masterful creation of Dick Bradsell, the bartender at Fred’s Club in London’s West End, it debuted in 1984. 

Bradsell wasn’t looking to create an instant classic. He only intended on taking basic gin sour and creating something the evoked his childhood on the Isle of Wright, where he spent hours picking blackberries straight from the bush, also known as a “bramble.” 

Sweet and breezy without sacrificing gin’s signature juniper, the resulting bramble cocktail was an instant crowd pleaser and soon found fans far beyond London’s West End, thus cementing the gin bramble, and Bradsell, in the canon of great gin cocktails. 

To us, bramble cocktails harmonize well with spring and the new life that blooms therein. But regardless of season, we recommend this to anyone who wants a friendly cocktail that still features a sturdy gin flavor.


Bramble - The Perfect Classic Recipe

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Cocktail Nutrition Facts 255 calories per cocktail 0 fat
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  • 1.5 oz Gin.
  •     3/4 oz Fresh lemon juice.
  •     3/4 oz Creme de Mure.
  •     1/2 oz Simple syrup.
  •     Garnish with a lemon wheel and blackberry.




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 Gin Bramble:

The “best” gin is always a personal preference, and often changes for the occasion. Though for the fruit-forward gin bramble, we do suggest opting for a brand that accentuates the cocktail’s blackberry: one that has either a spicier, more peppery character or something smoother and more citrusy than a traditional dry gin. 

Ultimate Beverage recommends Chase GB Extra Dry London Gin or Copperworks Northwest Cask Finished Gin. And those are exquisite options, yes, though both can be a bit difficult to find at the neighborhood liquor store. 

We therefore usually choose Plymouth Gin for a gin bramble. Its distribution is wider and the flavor’s agreeable for newcomers and aficionados alike. 

Bramble Variations

Inspired by the gin sour, the gin bramble’s inherently a variation. That said, there are not as many variations as a gin gimlet, for example. But this variation – a Jam Bramble – is a dynamic bramble for people who enjoy a sweeter, more impactful gin bramble cocktail.  


Jam Bramble

Since crème de mure can be a bit elusive, this wonderful bramble variation uses blackberry jam. It will be a bit sweeter than the classic bramble recipe, making it an ideal option for after-dinner drinks or a summer day in the sun.

The process of making it is the same as a classic gin bramble, but note the slight ingredient alteration:

Jam Bramble Cocktail:

  •     1.5-ounce Gin.
  •     3/4-ounce Fresh lemon juice.
  •     1/2-1 tablespoon of blackberry jam, depending on desired sweetness.
  •     1/2-ounce Simple syrup.
  •     Garnish (usually a lemon wheel and blackberry).



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