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Bramble Cocktail Recipe – You’ll LOVE This Gin Cocktail!

The bramble cocktail is my favorite gin cocktail and I can not wait to share it with you. This delicious blackberry gin drink is perfect for any occasion and surprisingly easy to make!

When I lived in New York City, I made it my mission to visit every speakeasy in the city. I frequented Employee’s Only, PDT, but my favorite bar was Little Branch in the West Village. Without a set menu, the bartender asked me about ingredient and spirit preferences and then turned away to shake a drink that I had never tasted. After one sip, I was hooked! The Bramble cocktail, particularly THIS version has remained my favorite for years! You will see this made in various ways, but it was at Little Branch where they used muddled blackberries vs. straining. And in my opinion, that’s what makes it so good. It’s a drink and a snack!

For this cocktail you will need:

  • 2 oz gin
  •  1 oz fresh lemon juice
  •  1/2 oz simple syrup
  •  Drizzle of creme de mure (1/4-1/2 oz) – this is the one ingredient you may not have readily at home, but it’s worth it to have for your bar cart!
  •  Fresh blackberries
  •  Crushed ice
  •  A muddler
  •  A cocktail shaker
  •  A cocktail metal straw


  1. Start by muddling a few fresh blackberries into the bottom of your drinking glass. This step you don’t see at many bars, but is what I have held onto from Little Branch. It’s like enjoying a drink and a snack with every sip.
  2.  In a cocktail shaker, add 2 oz of gin, 1 oz of fresh lemon juice, and ½ oz of simple syrup. Shake it up.
  3.  Fill your glass with crushed ice, leaving some room at the top for your cocktail mixture.
  4.  Pour the cocktail mixture over the ice and blackberries.
  5.  Drizzle your creme de mure over the top of the cocktail. This will add a rich, dark color and a sweet blackberry flavor.
  6.  Finally, garnish your Bramble cocktail with a fresh blackberry 

This recipe’s true originator was Dick Bradsell, the creator of the Espresso Martini. You can find that recipe here.

Enjoy your cocktail (and this YouTube video)

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