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Bramble Cocktail Recipe

The combination and blending of this bramble cocktail recipe is not only pretty but it's delicious!
Course Cocktails
Cuisine American
Keyword blackberry brandy cocktail, bramble, bramble cocktail, bramble cocktail recipe, gin cocktail
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2 cocktails
Calories 175kcal


  • 4 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1.5 ounce blackberry brandy (divided)


  • 2 thin lemon wheels


  • Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice
  • Add gin, lemon juice and simple syrup
  • Heap crushed ice in the glasses
  • 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
  • Sip
  • Smile
  • Enjoy


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.


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Sodium: 9mg | Potassium: 29mg | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin C: 11mg | Iron: 0.5mg