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Bramble

The Bramble

Blackberries appear towards the end of the summer months harkening the arrival autumn. Everyone has found memories of picking blackberries, getting scratched alongside their friends and family, followed by the sweet aromas of a blackberry and apple crumble baking in the kitchen.

‘The Bramble’ is a contemporary cocktail created by Dick Bradsell in the 1980s at Fred’s Bar, in tribute to his own childhood memories. He was an advocate of using fresh ingredients to tease the flavours out in his drinks.

Ease of Making: Easy 

Glass Type: Rocks Glass or Old Fashioned

Taste: Autumnal with citrus bringing the bright notes

Garnish: Fresh Blackberries and slice of lemon

Recipe:

  • 50ml Explorer’s gin
  • 25ml Lemon juice
  • 15ml Simple syrup
  • 30ml Crème de Mure (Blackberry)
  • Fresh blackberries

Method:

  • Place the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup into a cocktail shaker.
  • Fill with ice and vigorously shake.
  • Place crushed ice (important) into your glass.
  • Strain your cocktail into your glass.  
  • Add more crushed ice so it mounds over the edges.
  • Slowly pour your blackberry liqueur over the ice to bleed it into your drink.
  • Garnish with a fresh blackberry and lemon slice (optional).

Variations:

  • Use Chambord (Raspberry)
  • Use Crème de cassis (Blackcurrant)
  • For non-alcoholic variation replace gin with Seedlip and crème de mure with Ribena!
  • Fresh blackberries can also be crushed into the glass before adding the ice.
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