The Bramble is a descendent of Jerry Thomas’ Gin Fizz, substituting raspberry syrup for blackberry liqueur, Crème de Mure[i]. It is the creation of Dick Bradwell while he was bartender at Fred’s Club Soho in London. He was responsible for many popular cocktails and “classics,” including the Espresso Martini, the Treacle, the Wibble, and Russian Spring Punch. It is simple and fruity with a rich sweetness, balanced with a refreshing tart notes. A great drink for spring and summer drinking, it is also about as simple a drink to make as any we post.
- 2 oz. gin (Plymouth Gin works well)
- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
- ½ oz. simple syrup (1:1)
- ½ oz. Crème de Mure
Combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup in shaker, add ice, and shake well. Strain into glass with crushed ice. Pour Crème de Mure over the drink and let it dilute into the drink. Garnish with a lemon wheel, and a blackberry or two if you have them.
Crushing ice: there are plenty of ways to do this that I don’t need to explain (crushed ice buttons on your freezer unit, crush feature on your blender, manual ice crusher), but without an ice crusher, I generally just put six “regular tray ice cubes” in a heavy-duty zip lock bag and give it several hard bashes with the back of my metal citrus juicer.
Added bonus: If fresh blackberries are in season, muddle a few in the bottom of the glass before adding the crushed ice. If you are feeling particularly experimental, try substituting lime juice for the lemon juice, or play with other fruity liqueurs.
[i] Should cost about $25.