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Bramble Cocktail Recipe

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Blackberry Syrup

A deep jewel purple of a syrup. The aroma will fill your kitchen with the smell of ripe berried autumn.

Prep Time 1 hour
Servings 1


  • 250 g blackberries frozen are fine for this recipe
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups sugar


  1. Simmer all the ingredients in a pan gently for 20 mins.

  2. Leave to cool in the pan and to infuse the blackberries further.

  3. Strain the liquid through a fine sieve into a measuring jug.

  4. Don't waste the blackberries. Eat them with cream!

  5. Makes approximately 3/4 pint or 1/2 litre.

  6. If the liquid seems too runny reduce gently in a pan to concentrate the flavour. This takes 5-10 mins but needs careful watching or it will catch on the bottom of the pan and you will have a burnt sticky mess. I speak from experience!

Recipe Notes


Although the original Bramble cocktail uses Creme de Mure this easy to make blackberry syrup makes a great alternative.

It is also delicious drizzled over vanilla ice cream.


Blackberry syrup for Bramble cocktail recipe
Blackberry Syrup

The Bramble

A riff on a gin sour this cocktail is evocative of autumnal mists and picking blackberries from damp hedgerows.

Prep Time 3 minutes
Servings 1


  • 60 ml gin
  • 30 ml freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 15 ml simple syrup
  • 15 ml blackberry syrup or liqueur. Homemade blackberry syrup can be replaced with blackberry liqueur to give this cocktail an extra kick.


  1. Add the first 3 ingredients to an old-fashioned glass half filled with crushed ice.

  2. Stir.

  3. Top with more crushed ice.

  4. Stir again.

  5. Drizzle over the blackberry syrup or liqueur to create a 'bleeding' effect through the ice. Trust me it looks better than it sounds.

  6. Garnish with lemon and blackberry any way you fancy.

Recipe Notes


Created in 1984 by the innovative Dick Bradsell when he was working as Head Bartender at Fred's Club in Soho, London this gin cocktail is redolent of the season of 'mists and mellow fruitfulness'. Not surprising then that it was born out of a nostalgia for Dick's childhood spent blackberrying on the Isle of Wight.

Although he was responsible for many of the neo-classic cocktails of the 80s and 90s, including the Espresso Martini, his favourite was said to be the Bramble.

For a fruity twist on this rather lovely cocktail try substituting Creme de Cassis for a sharp blackcurranty punch or Creme de Framboise if you have a sweet tooth and a liking for raspberries.


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