A classic British cocktail. Simple, crisp and refreshing. The Bramble perfectly balances sweet and sour flavours to create something so delicious that this modern classic is now a staple on the menus of most cocktail bars across the country.
Here’s what you need and how you make it…
Gin – Gin is definitely the spirit of the moment. You can’t walk two paces in a high-flying city like Manchester without coming across a bar advertising specialist gin cocktails – Masons is no different, by the way – and independent gin distilleries are popping up everywhere. Fortunately for you, there’s no specific type of gin needed to make a Bramble, so just reach for your favourite.
Sugar syrup – Simply a concoction made of sugar and water with the ratio of 2:1. It’s incredibly easy to make your own too. Just mix and add.
Lemon juice – The sour to the sweet. Freshly squeezed lemon juice gives your Bramble a slight tang.
Creme de Mure – A French blackberry liqueur. This gives the Bramble that deep purple hue.
Crushed ice – Possibly the most important ingredient of a Bramble. Yes, honestly. It’s essential for the proper chilling and dilution of the drink, and trust us, we know what we’re talking about.
Blackberries and a lemon slice – For garnish.
What you’ll need
- The ingredients above
- Cocktail shaker
- Old fashioned glass
- 50 ml gin
- 25 ml lemon juice
- ½ shot sugar syrup
- ½ shot Creme de Mure
- Add the gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup to your cocktail shaker
- Fill to the halfway mark with crushed ice
- Shake until mixed and ice cold
- Fill your old-fashioned rock glass with crushed ice
- Use your strainer to strain the concoction in your shaker straight over the ice into the glass
- Drizzle the Creme de Mure over the top, allowing it to trickle through the ice
- Decorate with a few fresh blackberries and a slice of lemon on the edge of the glass