Cocktails,  Gin,  Recipes

The Bramble

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

Created in 1984 by the innovative Dick Bradsell when he was working as Head Bartender at Fred’s Club in Soho, London the Bramble 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.



Old fashioned


  • 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.



The traditional garnish is a couple of blackberries and a lemon wedge.


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.


For an easy fool-proof method of making homemade blackberry syrup follow my recipe.



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