Bramble
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Bramble
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The Bramble is a classic cocktail that offers a delightful combination of tart and sweet flavors, wrapped in a visually appealing package. Created in the 1980s by bartender Dick Bradsell ... more The Bramble is a classic cocktail that offers a delightful combination of tart and sweet flavors, wrapped in a visually appealing package. Created in the 1980s by bartender Dick Bradsell in London, it has since become a beloved choice for gin enthusiasts. With its base of gin complemented by the citrusy tang of fresh lemon juice and the sweetness of sugar syrup, the cocktail achieves a refreshing balance. It's the drizzle of blackberry liqueur that gives the Bramble its distinctive taste and its name, as it evokes the bramble bushes where the berries are found. Typically served in a lowball glass, this cocktail is a celebration of the flavors of the English countryside.
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Base ingredient
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Gin
Garnish
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Lemon, blackberry
Alcohol content
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22.81% | 1.82 units *

Lowball glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl
40ml 1.35oz 4cl
10ml ⅓oz 1cl
15ml ½oz 1.5cl

Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Bramble masterfully plays the crisp, botanical notes of gin against the lush, fruity sharpness of blackberry liqueur, balanced perfectly with a zesty splash of lemon and a hint of sweetness from the syrup. This cocktail is a refined symphony of flavors that captures the essence of English hedgerows in a glass, making it a must-try for those who appreciate a sophisticated, yet refreshingly fruity drink.

Method
How to make a Bramble

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add gin, lemon juice and syrup to a rocks glass over ice
Stir, then pour the blackberry liqueur over the top of the drink in a circular fashion
Garnish with a lemon slice, and two blackberries, and serve

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Bramble cocktail?

The Bramble cocktail was created in the 1980s by London bartender Dick Bradsell. It's often credited as one of the most significant cocktail inventions during the British cocktail renaissance of the late 20th century. Inspired by his childhood memories of picking blackberries in the Isle of Wight, the cocktail encapsulates the flavors of the English countryside.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of gin is best to use in a Bramble?

A Bramble cocktail is best made with a dry gin that has a prominent juniper flavor, as it balances well with the sweetness of the blackberry liqueur and the tartness of the lemon juice. London Dry Gin is a popular choice for Brambles due to its clean, crisp profile which complements the cocktail's other ingredients perfectly.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I make a Bramble without blackberry liqueur?

While blackberry liqueur is a key ingredient of the Bramble, you can create a similar flavor profile by using fresh muddled blackberries or blackberry syrup combined with a bit of neutral spirit or extra gin. However, the result might be slightly different in taste and strength compared to using traditional blackberry liqueur.

FAQ

Is the Bramble a suitable cocktail for year-round enjoyment, or is it seasonal?

The Bramble is versatile enough to be enjoyed year-round. Its refreshing taste makes it particularly popular in warm weather, but because its ingredients are not strictly seasonal, you can enjoy a Bramble anytime you're in the mood for a fruity, gin-based cocktail.

GARNISHING_TIPS

What is the best way to garnish a Bramble?

A classic Bramble is traditionally garnished with a slice of lemon and a fresh blackberry to enhance its visual appeal and to add a touch of freshness that complements the cocktail's flavors. Optionally, a sprig of mint can also be added for an additional burst of color and a fresh aroma.

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