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Bramble

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Bramble

This simple mixture of gin, lemon and blackberry liqueur is a delicious modern classic. The Bramble is a floral, fruity, dry style of cocktail that takes inspiration from British ingredients, perfect for the warmer months.

Gin, Crème de Mure, Lemon Juice, Blackberries.

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The Bramble is a classic gin drink and a great choice for those planning a spring inspired mobile bar hire.

This cocktail pairs the classic British flavours of gin, lemon and blackberry in a refreshing crushed ice cocktail, that’s perfect for a sunny spring or summer evening.

For gin enthusiasts and those looking to design a menu around this classic spirit, the Bramble is a great fruity option to serve alongside some of the dryer and more alcoholic cocktails that include this much-loved liquor. If you’re looking to serve a range of gin cocktails, something like a classic Martini or a South Side would be a great accompaniment to the Bramble.

The South Side is another great springtime drink, pairing gin with mint, lime and sugar to create a tangy and refreshing sour-style cocktail. Featuring mint and blackberry based cocktails on your menu is a great way to showcase some classic British flavours.

If you want to feature other fruity, berry flavoured drinks there’s a whole host of cocktails featuring seasonal soft fruits. A great choice is a Mixed Berry Margarita, this zingy twist on the classic tequila cocktail injects some fruity sweetness into the usually tart drink.

If you’re hoping to serve these cocktails out of season that’s fine too, frozen berries have almost as much flavour as fresh ones and are available all year round. Just let your event organiser know if you want to feature some berry based cocktails on your menu.

If you’re planning on including the Bramble on your cocktail menu and want to find out more about what drinks might work alongside it, be sure to speak to your event organiser about your options, or check out some other gin-based, springtime and julep-style cocktails from our list.

History

This cocktail was created in 1984, by Dick Bradsell at Fred’s Club in Soho for a quintessential British palate.

Dick Bradsell, who is sometimes called “the King of Cocktails” shook up the London bar scene in the 80’s and brought the city to the forefront of the world in terms of mixology. His signature cocktail; the Bramble, is a mixture of gin, crème de mure, lemon juice, sugar and fresh blackberries.

Best described as a spring cocktail; it’s a mix between a sour and a cobbler but most closely resembles the popular Gin Fix. Without a doubt Dick would have used a good London dry gin like Beefeater or Jensens. The cocktail was first thought up as a celebration of British flavours.

Myths & Legends

Dick Bradsell was a legendary bartender still regarded today as innovating London bar culture and pulling it out of the world of fluorescent drinks made with pre mixed ingredients.

He made bartenders use fresh juices and fruits and served classic cocktails. Before Dick there wasn’t the array of liqueurs and sugar syrups for sale there are today. He invented more cocktails now considered to be modern classics than any other bartender working today.

Bartenders all over the world, whether they know it or not have Dick to thank for some of the most famous cocktails in their repertoire. All over the world, people drink Espresso Martinis with utter abandon, this has to be one of his most popular cocktails.

He was an advocate of double straining drinks, something not widely done at the time. Bradsell influenced a generation of bartenders and continues to do so, training some of the biggest names in the bar world today.

His quick wit was part of his charm, when asked by a bartender whether the bramble should be shaken or built in a rocks glass, Dick replied ‘it depends how busy you are’.

References

This is a brief quote found in Difford’s guide from the man himself, Dick Bradsell, on the inspiration behind the Bramble. 

“I wanted to invent a truly British drink for reasons that escape me now. I failed because I could not source an acceptable UK crème de mûre and lemons are not exactly native to our cloudy climes. A bramble, by the way, is the bush that blackberries grow on. I know this as I spent inordinate amounts of time, in my Isle of Wight childhood, cutting and scraping myself on their jaggy thorns in attempts to capture those elusive berries that others had failed to harvest. A metaphor for something I am sure.”

Ingredients & Equipment

Beefeater is a great gin to use in this cocktail. It’s bright, clean and citrusy. It works super well in the bramble, combining all the classic gin botanicals with the fruity and rich creme de mure.

Ingredients

  • 40ml Gin
  • 15ml Creme De Mure
  • 12.5ml Sugar Syrup
  • 25ml Lemon Juice
  • Blackberry and Mint Sprig to Garnish

 

Equipment

  • Shaker
  • Jigger/Measure
  • Mexican Elbow
  • Hawthorne Strainer
  • Rocks Glass
  • Crushed Ice
Method

 

  • Take your Boston glass or small tin
  • Using your jigger to measure, add the gin and sugar syrup to the shaker
  • Using your Mexican elbow and your jigger to measure, squeeze 25ml of lemon juice and add it to the shaker
  • Fill your shaker with cubed ice and seal with your Boston tin or lid
  • Shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold
  • Use your Hawthorne strainer to strain your cocktail into your waiting rocks glass
  • Fill your glass with crushed ice and pile on top, using your hand to form it into a dome
  • Drizzle the creme de mure through the crushed ice into your cocktail
  • Garnish with a blackberry and a mint sprig
  • Serve and enjoy!

For larger groups of six or more students, we offer the option to take things private. Our classes are fully portable, and we are able to set ourselves up efficiently and professionally in a wide variety of locations and settings across the capital, the UK, and beyond. You name the location, and we’ll endeavour to make it happen.

Give one of our dedicated event organisers a call on 020 8003 7982. They’ll happily talk you through your options, and answer any questions you may have about both our mobile and in-house cocktail making classes.

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