Gin Bramble Cocktail Recipe

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With its autumnal flavours, the Bramble is the perfect transitional cocktail taking the lazy days of summer into the start of winter with a sweet yet sour drink.

Quintessentially British, the Bramble is a world-famous contemporary cocktail that was first created in London by Dick Bradsell.

Known as one of the “founding fathers” of the London cocktail scene, Dick was also responsible for the creation of famous cocktails including the Espresso Martini and the Treacle.

With its autumnal flavours, the Bramble is the perfect transitional cocktail taking the lazy days of summer into the start of winter with a sweet yet sour drink.

The Bramble’s creation dates back to 1984 at Fred’s Club in Soho. Fred’s Club was a private member’s club in the capital, with regular visitors said to include Boy George and Naomi Campbell.

As Fred’s Club had quite the reputation in the cocktail scene, producers would arrive at the venue armed with liqueurs for bartenders to try and it was upon tasting Creme De Mure, a French blackberry liqueur, that Dick Bradsell had the inspiration to create the Bramble.

Taking him back to the days growing up on the Isle of Wight, the blackberry taste reminded him of the days his family would go ‘blackberrying’ and he soon set out to create a British cocktail using the ingredient.

Despite lemons not being native to the UK climate, Fred’s Club already made its own lemon juice and although Creme De Mure was difficult to source in the UK, the taste was British enough for Bradsell!

Using the tried-and-tested combination of sour, sweet and fruit in cocktails, he combined dry gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup, before adding the Creme De Mure as the finishing touch.

The key to the Bramble is the balance - the cocktail takes the acidity from the Gin Sour and the fruity combination from the Cobbler.

Despite this, it’s ice base has been controversial across the years. However, creator Dick Bradsell explained to Difford’s Guide the Bramble must be served over crushed ice, as the very first Bramble was created using crushed ice that was taken from the kitchen which Fred’s Club shared with the restaurant next door; they used to use the crushed ice to display their oysters and seafood out the front. 

As a Bramble is known as the bush that blackberries grow on, it was then the cocktail was given its now globally-recognised name, featuring on the menu at almost any bar.


  • 10ml Sugar Syrup
  • 15ml Blackberry Liqueur
  • 25ml Gin
  • 25ml Lemon Juice

Method: Add crushed ice into an Old Fashioned glass into a volcano shape (the original way to serve!). Shake together your gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup mix and pour on top of the ice. Place a blackberry on top of the ice and drizzle the liqueur around it to create the Bramble effect.

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