The Blackberry Bramble is a modern classic cocktail with good reason. It is delicious. And refreshing. This is your basic Blackberry Bramble cocktail recipe. This recipe will work just fine as it is, but it is also a great starting point for experimentation.

You could try adding some herbs, Thai basil maybe. Perhaps a little spice. Substitute simple syrup for ginger syrup?

One of the things I really like about the bramble is that for a drink that was first developed in the 1980’s by Dick Bradsell it has all the structure and elegance of a classic cocktail recipe. It is a well balanced blend of sweet and tart flavors. It is relatively easy to make a bunch of these on a Saturday night. It basically has everything people love about the Cosmopolitan without the Sex and the City stigma.

The drink is basically a gin sour drizzled with blackberry liqueur. The original Blackberry Bramble recipe specifies creme de mure, a french blackberry liqueur. Creme de cassis and Chambord are both suitable substitutes that may be a little easier to track down depending on where you are. If you can find it Dolin (of vermouth fame) makes a very nice wild blackberry creme de mure.

Blackberry Bramble - Cocktail Recipe


  • 1 1/2 oz Good London Dry Gin Bombay Sapphire
  • 1/2 oz Chambord Creme de Mure, Creme de Cassis
  • 3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 3/4 oz Simple Syrup
  • 3 Fresh Blackberries
  • Lemon twist
  • Crushed Ice


  1. Muddle 2 blackberries in the bottom of a large rocks glass.
  2. Fill large shaker with ice, gin, simple syrup and lemon juice.
  3. Shake vigorously until swell chilled.
  4. Strain into prepared glass.
  5. Pour Chambord or other berry liqueur over cocktail and garnish with a blackberry and lemon twist.

The Bramble is one of our absolute favorite drinks, but sometimes you’re looking to try something new. Keep exploring. Try this list of gin cocktails.

For more like this check out our Guide to Classic Cocktails.

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