Cap the shaker and shake for 15 seconds and divide and strain the bramble cocktail between the two glasses
Add ¾ ounce of blackberry brandy to each glass and add a lemon wheel to each drink
Tips for making the bramble:
Because this cocktail is served with crushed ice, I prefer to mix the ingredients in a shaker and pour them over the ice, rather than mixing them in the glass with the ice; I personally find crushed ice messy to work with. Mine always falls out of the glass
Since the blackberry brandy is added after the main pour, it's fun to serve it to your guests in a side car (a separate shot glass), so they can pour it over the crushed ice themselves, satisfying their inner mixologist
Although I typically advocate using the best liquor you can afford in your cocktails, especially in cocktails that are basically alcohol like the martini or Manhattan, when mixing the bramble, it's fine to use a mid-level gin, like Bombay Sapphire
Start with a sour to sweet ratio of 2:1 and if that’s not sweet enough for you, add simple syrup to get closer to a ratio of 1:1
How to make simple syrup
Place 1 cup water and 1 cup white sugar in a sauce pan.
Turn heat on medium and bring to a boil.
Lower to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes until all the sugar granules have melted.
Cool and pour into a storage jar or bottle. Many years ago I bought a bottle of pre-made simple syrup and I reuse it over and over.