This has long been one of my favourite Summer cocktails. Occasionally, with a fruity cocktail you end up with a  glass of saccharine goop. The joy of the Bramble is that it balances the sweetness of using Creme de Cassis (or Creme de Mure) with the tartness of red berries and lemon juice. Again, this one is usually a stronger one but it doesn’t do any damage to put a splash of soda water in to lighten the tone.

I’m going to share the short version, as that’s my favourite. The one I made was for my brother and he didn’t want to end up hammered so I topped it off with a little more elderflower cordial and lengthened it with soda.

And just for fun, here’s a picture of me when I went through my Bronson phase, enjoying a good Bramble.


You will need:

2 Parts Gordon’s Gin

1 Part Creme de Cassis (or Creme de Mure)

Splash of Elderflower Cordial

Juice of Half a Lemon

Handful of Frozen Berries (you can grab a bag from the supermarket)

Crushed Ice

How to make:

  1. In the bottom of an Old Fashioned glass, put in your berries and the juice of 1/4 of the lemon and give it a muddle.
  2. Fill your cocktail shaker, with normal ice, your gin, cordial and the rest of your lemon. Give it a good shake.
  3. Mix a little bit of crushed ice into your berries.
  4. Pour over your gin, add a little more ice and give it all a good stir.
  5. Pack the crushed ice to the top of your glass and then slowly pour in your Creme de Cassis.

The way that it brambles through the ice is how it got its name. I didn’t know that “bramble” was a verb. The more you know.

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