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The Bramble Cocktail Recipe


The Bramble Cocktail

The Bramble

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The Bramble is a modern classic. The story goes that it was created in 1984 by U.K. bartender Dick Bradsell. The feature of this enhanced gin sour is the crème de mûre, a blackberry liqueur. Though this liqueur is not a common bar ingredient, it is nice to have around for drinks such as this.

The drink recipe gets a little murky from there. Some recipes will suggest a London dry gin while I have seen some with the fruitier Plymouth Gin. Further, you will see recipes that use either lemon or lime juice. Dale DeGroff uses lime in the recipe published in Craft of the Cocktail and you will find many other recipes that use fresh lemon. I have found that you cannot go wrong with either of these options for either element as this drink is one of those that is ideal for adapting to your personal taste. If you use lemon juice use a lemon wheel for garnish.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Pour the gin, simple syrup, and juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Strain over crushed ice in a highball glass.
  4. Drizzle the cremé de mûre on top and garnish with a lime slice and two raspberries.
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