Our version of a classic Blackberry Bramble Cocktail is made with fresh blackberries, gin, lemon juice and a drizzle of creme de muir (blackberry liqueur).
When blackberries are in season, I’m making as any cocktails with them as I can. When muddled, these plump little berries make the prettiest juice. Add that to a cocktail and it’s particularly lovely.
A bramble cocktail is a modern classic. It was invented by a famous bartender, Dick Bradsell, at Fred’s Club in London’s Soho in the ’80s. It’s basically a gin sour, with gin and lemon juice, plus muddled blackberries, which Bradsell added as an homage to a childhood memory.
Blackberry Bramble Secret Ingredient
The secret ingredient in a Blackberry Bramble is crème de mûre, a sweet blackberry liqueur. This is what gives the cocktail an extra boost of sweetness and color.
While the original cocktail was made with muddled blackberries, you’ll often find this cocktail on the menu with just a splash of crème de mûre and no fresh blackberries. We’ve brought back the blackberries in this recipe because they’re the best part (in my opinion).
How to Make a Blackberry Bramble
The first step to making this cocktail is to muddle the blackberries to release the juice.
Once you’ve muddled the blackberries and strained out the juice, you can decide if you want to add some of the pulp back to the glass. I don’t like to add seeds to the cocktail, so I don’t often include the pulp.
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Instead, I save the fruit pulp and put it on my yogurt for breakfast, or over ice cream. It’s delicious, so don’t throw it out!
Shake the juice, lemon juice, gin and ice in a cocktail shaker. Pour the cocktail and ice into a glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
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This Blackberry Bramble Cocktail is made with fresh blackberries, gin, lemon juice and tonic or ginger beer.
- 4 oz blackberries
- 4 oz gin
- 2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tsp simple syrup
- 2 tsp Crème de mure
- Lemon twist and fresh blackberries, for garnish
- Muddle the blackberries in a glass until well pressed. Strain the juice from the pulp.
- Add the blackberry juice, gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a shaker with ice. Shake until cold.
- Pour the drink, with the ice, into a tall glass. Drizzle the creme de mure over the top. Garnish with a lemon twist and fresh blackberries.
The creme de mure isn't required. If you don't have it and don't want to stock your bar with it the drink will still be great without it.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 184Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 9mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 5gSugar: 8gProtein: 1g
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Laura is the founder and editor of the travel blogs Savored Sips and Savored Journeys. She is dedicated to sharing the best information about drinks found around the world.