The Bramble is a modern classic, a delicious gin based cocktail that seems to have slipped off many bartenders’ radars. It’s like the best kept secret in town.

But, trust me, it’s a must-drink, last-gasp-of-summer cocktail, a delightful combo of gin, lemon, sugar and blackberry liqueur.

Apparently, gin and blackberries were meant to be together. More so even than gin and lemon, in my view. And the Bramble showcases the marriage.

The roots

While most people here in the Greece haven’t heard of the Bramble, it is one of the most popular cocktails in the UK.

The Bramble is a cocktail that has seen its way onto almost every UK cocktail bars menu. Created in the mid-1980s by Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in Soho, London.

The story of the Bramble is also a good one. The history says that Dick Bradsell came up with the Bramble as an answer to the Cosmopolitan. And we can say that while the Bramble shares the attractive looks of the Cosmo, it is a much better cocktail (sorry, it is…). Basically a gin sour enhanced by blackberry liqueur and made into a slow sipper using crushed ice, the Bramble is a warm-weather delight.

This sweet classic drink is still the chosen drink of many all over the UK.

The makin’s

3 parts gin
½ part fresh lemon juice
¼ part Crème de mûres
Splash of sugar syrup
Blackberries and a lemon slice to garnish

The drill

Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake until well-chilled and stain into a lowball glass filled with crushed ice
Drizzle the Creme de Mure over the top in a circular fashion
Garnish with the blackberries and lemon slicel


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