Bramble Recipe

As gorgeous as it is delicious, with blackberry liqueur slowly seeping into every sip.

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There's no shortage of drink recipes you can turn to, in order to dispel the summer heat. But among the class of warm-weather coolers, few seem more appropriate than the Bramble.

A hallmark drink in the UK, where it was introduced in the 1980s by London barman Dick Bradsell, the Bramble is something of a rare bird in the U.S.—and that's a shame, considering the drink's simple preparation and basic yet alluring character. The Bramble starts as a simple gin sour, made with lemon juice and simple syrup and served with crushed ice; but the real entertainment begins with the Bramble's crowning feature, a purple splash of blackberry liqueur that gradually sinks through the crags of crushed ice and into the bottom of the glass, giving each sip of the drink a different mix of citrusy tartness and summer-berry sweetness.

French crème de mure can be difficult to find, but fortunately there's a domestic version, Clear Creek Distillery's blackberry liqueur, which is absolutely excellent in this drink. Blackberry season is coming into full swing, and the Bramble is perfectly suited for a warm August evening.

Recipe Facts

Active: 2 mins
Total: 2 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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  • 1 1/2 ounces gin (Plymouth recommended)
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • 3/4 ounce creme de mure (blackberry liqueur)


  1. Combine gin, lemon, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until very well-chilled, then strain into a rocks glass with ice (preferably crushed ice). Float the creme de mure on top. Garnish with a blackberry.

Special equipment

Cocktail shaker, cocktail strainer