This is a fruity variation of the Gin Fix, which is in turn a Gin Fizz Drink without soda. The Bramble emerged in London bars in the mid 1980s, and is now listed as a New Era Drink by the International Bartenders Association.
Crème de Mure is a blackberry liqueur. It is similar to Crème de Cassis which is made with black currants. There aren’t too many cocktails that feature this distinctive flavour, but if you like the taste of blackberries you can also try a Wibble which adds grapefruit juice to the classic Gin Bramble. A Bramble Royale adds Champagne, and a Black ‘n Blue tosses in a handful of crushed blueberries. Vodka Brambles are also popular, with or without using one of the berry flavoured varieties.
Crème de Mure can be hard to find, and while it is the key ingredient in a Bramble, you can substitute with a more common liqueur for a slightly different drink. Chambord is a good choice, as is any other raspberry liqueur, but will make the drink sweeter than intended. Blackberry cordial will give you a closer match, but will reduce the alcohol content. If you can find the real thing, bring it home and experiment with the other Bramble varieties for a summer of refreshing blackberry cocktails.
Here’s the recipe for making a Bramble drink:
- 45ml Gin
- 15ml Crème de Mure
- 30ml Lemon Juice
- 15ml Sugar Syrup
- Blackberry and lemon slice to garnish
- Fill an old fashioned glass with crushed ice
- Add the Gin, then the lemon juice and sugar syrup
- Stir gently
- Add the Crème de Mure on top of the drink
- Garnish with a single blackberry and a slice of lemon
- Crushed ice
- Old fashioned glass