Bramble (cocktail)

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IBA official cocktail
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TypeMixed drink
Primary alcohol by volume
ServedOn the rocks; poured over ice
Standard garnishBlackberry, lemon slice
Standard drinkware
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Old Fashioned glass
IBA specified
PreparationFill glass with crushed ice. Build gin, lemon juice and simple syrup over. Stir, and then pour blackberry liqueur over in a circular fashion to create marbling effect. Garnish with two blackberries and lemon slice.
TimingAll Day
dagger Bramble recipe at International Bartenders Association

The Bramble is a cocktail created by Dick Bradsell in 1980s London, England. Best described as a spring cocktail, the Bramble brings together dry gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, crème de mûre, and crushed ice. Bradsell also suggests finishing off the cocktail with some fresh red fruits (such as blackberries, cranberries) and a slice of lemon. It closely resembles the popular Gin Fix.

If crème de mûre is unavailable, many bartenders will substitute creme de cassis for it.


The Bramble was created in London, in 1984,[1] by Dick Bradsell. At the time, Bradsell worked at a bar in Soho called Fred's Club, and he wanted to create a British cocktail. Memories of going blackberrying in his childhood on the Isle of Wight provided the inspiration for the Bramble.[2]

The name of the drink comes from the fact that blackberry bushes are called brambles.[3]

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  1. ^ "Case Study – The Bramble". T-Magazine. The New York Times. Retrieved 25 February 2015.
  2. ^ "Bramble". Difford's Guide. Retrieved 2017-09-16. And, immediately, I had my 'madeleine moment'. I was back in my childhood on the Isle of Wight, going blackberrying, and being pricked by the brambles, [...] I had all of this in mind, and I thought, 'I want to design a British cocktail.'
  3. ^ "Bramble". Difford's Guide. Retrieved 2017-09-16. A bramble, by the way, is the bush that blackberries grow on.