History of the Bramble Cocktail
The Bramble was first invented by Dick Bradsell in the 1980s when he was working at Fred's Club in Soho, London. As he tells it himself, he woke up one day wanting to create something truly 'British' gin cocktail.
Some experimenting led him to the Bramble, named for the blackberry bushes he scraped his knees as a child on the Isle of Wight. it's not entirely British due to the creme de mure and lemon juice (although you can get good British blackberry liqueurs these days, Britain is still yet to grow its own lemons), but it does have something of crisp sweetness of those British end-of-summer days when blackberries hang heavy in the hedgerows.
- 60ml (2fl oz) Plymouth Gin
- 30 ml (1fl oz) freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 15 ml (1/2 fl oz) Simple Syrup
- 15 ml (1/2 fl oz) creme de mure
- A couple of blackberries to garnish
- Fill an old-fashioned or tumbler glass with crushed ice.
- Pour the gin, lemon juice and Simple Syrup over the ice and gently stir together. Top up with creme de mure over the top so it 'bleeds' down the drink.
- Top with a couple of blackberries and serve with two short straws (optional)